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Online is a professional magazine covering online and CD-ROM databases with practical how-to articles covering the entire online industry. Founded in 1977, it is a bimonthly publication published by Online, a Division of Information Today Inc.The editor is Marydee Ojala.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, July/August

Applying Google Mini Search Appliance for Document Discoverability
INNOVATATION in the workplace doesn't necessarily presuppose having a large budget and a detailed strategic plan. Both are undoubtedly helpful, but sometimes simply being alert to unanticipated opportunities is every bit as good. Take our situation at...
Bringing the Past to the Present
Newspaper digitization is exploding. As we move through the first decade of the 21st century, the number of digital newspaper initiatives is growing rapidly, which brings the past firmly into our electronic present. This phenomenon isn't limited to the...
From Buggy Whips to 'Transportation Enhancement Technology'
I spent this spring going to a lot of info pro conferences and talking to a lot of people who feel that their jobs-if not their profession-are in jeopardy. The economy is tight, jobs are tighter, and no one understands why the information center has...
Information Literacy Meets Adult Learners
Aphone call, out of the blue, from a 52-year-old woman finishing a bachelor's degree in a night program at an unspecified institution brought the issue of information literacy for adult learners to my attention. She was taking a course for which the...
Investigating Outsourcing and Offshoring Research
The question of whether or not to outsource research is hardly new. A hot topic of discussion in the early 1990s, it seemed to be the new direction for large U.S. and global companies. Some companies have been actively involved in various levels of outsourcing...
Microformats and the Search for Meaning
How often have you struggled to find a fragment of data buried in mountains of full text? Whether the information is on the web or your intranet, it can be frustrating to locate exactly what you need without having some context for the content. Whether...
OECD.Stat, Astrophysics Data System, Wiley-Blackwell
The picks include the new, promising OECD.Stat, which functions not merely as a portal but as a sophisticated, state-of-the-art federated search engine for the many statistical data sets created by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development....
Open Access: It's Never Simple
I'M assuming you know what open access (OA) is-or at least you think you do. If not, this column isn't the best place to start. Peter Suber offers a good overview (www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview .htm)-it's 11 print pages long, but it links to a...
Researching the Current Banking and Lending Crises
"RUN ON THE BANK": It seems like a phrase that would only be searched by academic librarians doing research on the Great Depression. However, a search of all publications on Factiva reveals at least 450 mentions of the phrase since March 2008. Mortgage...
Scitopia: Worthy Effort; Worth Your Effort?
Scitopia.org is a freely available, web-based federated search portal. It is focused on discovering the peer-reviewed intellectual capital (publications, conference papers, technical reports, and patents) of some of the world's most prestigious scientific...
Search Engine Update
As the corporate side of the search engine world continues to explore mergers, search technology continues to innovate. Microsoft withdrew its offer to buy Yahoo!, although further negotiations may still continue. Yahoo! tried an experiment with displaying...
Searching the Twitter Realm
Since the early days of the internet, technology has developed in one of two areas: enabling communication and providing information resources. For all the wonders of the many net communication options, from email to Facebook and ytalk to instant messaging...
Search Is Not Static
When I contemplate the phenomenon of search, which I do frequently, it's usually in the context of research using resources external to the enterprise. Even extending my contemplations to enterprise search, I am still struck by its dynamic nature. Search...
The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for Libraries
* * * * The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for Libraries by Stephanie Gerding ISBN: 978-1-57387-268-0 Published: 2007 Pages: 250 pp.; softcover Price: $29.50Available from: Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; (609)...
The Elements of Advanced Search
I'D GUESS that most ONLINE readers consider themselves advanced searchers and take advantage of advanced search options and techniques. However, even (especially?) for those well-versed in a topic, it is useful to step back and reexamine the elements...
Virtual Reference Service: From Competencies to Assessment
* * * Virtual Reference Service: From Competencies to Assessment edited by R. David Lankes, Scott Nicholson, Marie L. Radford, Joanne Silverstein, Lynn Westbrook, and Philip Nast ISBN: 978-1-85604-638-1 Published: 2008 Pages: 206 pp.; softcover Price:...
Visual Design for the Modern Web
* * * Visual Design for the Modern Web by Penny McIntire ISBN: 978-0-321-51538-4 Published: 2008 Pages: 352 pp; softcover Price: $44.99Available from: New Riders, 1249 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; (510) 524-2178; www.newriders.comThis book arose from...
Winning the Commodities Research Game
Commodities have been in the news a lot lately. Some of the stories are overtly about commodities-the high price of gasoline and grocery stores' rice rationing are two that come to mind. Thoughtful opinion pieces consider whether scientific attempts...