Online

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. 13, No. 1, January

A Tour of the Stacks; HyperCard for Libraries
"Now tell me, just what exactly is HyperCard?" We listen to questions like this with great curiosity, because it's fascinating to hear how people respond. The answers are so varied and diverse. There are about as many different definitions of...
Dialoglink: Shortcuts and Quick Tips
As a user of DIALOGLINK, I have been investigating ways to make life easier for the DIALOGLINK user. Here are some miscellaneous items of information that will, hopefully, come in handy BUFFER SIZE DIALOG doesn't tell you the actual size...
How Good an Online Searcher Are You? Twenty Questions about Arts and Humanities Databases
A casual glance at the Preface to Cuadra's most recent Directory of Online Databases reveals that the number of listed, publicly-available files grew by nearly 1000% since 1979/1980. But to the humanities searcher, fervently hoping that some big...
Hypertext and Online ... a Lot That's Familiar
If you think about it, in some respects the notion of hypertext is old hat in the online industry. What are large bibliographic files like MEDLINE or BIOSIS but computer-accessible collections of "links" (pointers) which map a particular search for...
Information Products of the Year: The Online Industry's Own Awards
Congratulations to OneSearch, McGraw-Hill News, and Science Citation Index on CDROM. The winners of Online, Inc.'s INFORMATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR awards were awarded plaques and recognized at the ONLINE '88 conference in New York in October. These...
Laserdisk Product of the Year: A Matter of Significance
When Jeff Pemberton, publisher of ONLINE and DATABASE, first suggested an award for the best new laserdisk product of the year, I thought it was a very good idea that would help to focus and reward producers for outstanding innovations in this product...
Microcomputer Data Files for Libraries: A Selected Bibliography
INTRODUCTION This article begins a series to discuss machine readable data files (MRDFs) which are accessible by microcomputer and adaptable to library applications. The series will include a selected bibliography of data files with discussion...
Newspaper Databases - the Abstract and Index Approach
According to Thomas Jefferson, "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." That may have been true decades ago, but today's business world would not agree. Business news as it now appears in...
Norton Commander
As even some experienced PC users may admit, MS-DOS can be an elusive and frustrating master. This month's Software Pick promises help for those of us who would just as soon delegate chores to the troll under the bridge as to speak directly with...
Online Profile: Joanne Witiak; Searching at the Sci-Tech Forefront
STN, ROM, GET, ALT, MAR . .these are but a few of the many bits of jargon which Joanne Witiak regularly adds to her online vocabulary. As an Information Scientist at the Rohm and Haas Company, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, she lives the...
Re-Thinking the Search Process: How Aggressive Should We Be?
Rip and read. To those familiar with broadcast journalism, this pithy statement refers to the practice of tearing a newswire story from the teletype machine and reading it over the air, raw and unedited. To those in the online information business,...
Smart Scanning: Big Improvements in Page Recognition Hardware and Software
Librarians and information specialists must usually take four steps when they carry out their primary job: 1)ascertaining what the client wants; 2) searching for bibliographic references; 3) obtaining the material; and 4) delivering it to the person....
The Year in Review
The beginning of a new year can be a startling reminder of how quickly time passes. In spite of the speed, changes and trends continue to develop around us. This seems especially true in the information industry Major developments seem to occur...
Using Onesearch for Everyday Searching
DIALOG's OneSearch recently won the first annual ONLINE Magazine Product Of The Year Award DIALOG's OneSearch capability has received mixed reviews since it debuted in October 1987. The nature of many of the reviews has been that the cross-file...