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. 29, No. 4, July-August

Blog Searching for Competitive Intelligence, Brand Image, and Reputation Management: Do You Know What Is Being Said about You in the Blogosphere? Should You Care? Aren't Blogs Just for Kids, Political Campaigns, and Geeks, of No Value in Business? If You Think This, You're Likely Missing out on an Increasingly Powerful Information Source
Why have blogs, which are simply Web pages with reverse chronologically arranged individual posts, become so powerful? According to David Sifry of Technorati [www. sifry, com/alerts/archives/ 000298.html], the number of blogs has been doubling at least...
Copyright Clearances: Library Copying in the Digital Age
Consider the following scenario. A patron asks you, a librarian, to download a journal article that is part of a database with which the library maintains a license agreement. In the past, the patron has made similar requests. Although you have no...
Envisioning the Environment: The U.S. EPA Web Site
As corporate librarians, we've all been there--the vague research request on a scientific topic that is outside the realm of our everyday areas of expertise. But when that request concerns human health and the environment, a seemingly ordinary reference...
Fast Track Link Resolver at Stanford University: A Content Engineering Success Story
Ever in search of library success stories, I found myself on the Stanford University campus on an especially warm, early spring day looking for a parking space. Surely, these are the days that people remember fondly about campus surroundings--the winter...
Firefox and Future Dangers: The Open and Closed of It
What the heck is Firefox? A year ago, that was a reasonable question. Six months ago, it would suggest you didn't spend much time online. Now--well, I suppose there's some of you who don't know that Mozilla Firefox is the hottest Internet browser around....
Flying into Aviation Information
The aviation industry is ubiquitous. People fly on airplanes. They invest in airline companies. They worry about route changes, the impact of corporate bankruptcies and mergers, security, and whether there will be any food on board. They look for good...
Getting Directions from Strangers
One of the odd aspects of being a recovering librarian is that I still exude the air of authority that all reference librarians share. People ask me for help at the hardware store. Fellow dog owners ask me for advice in training dogs (and if you've...
SAGE Journals on HighWire Press, DLIST, FindArticles
One of my picks this issue is the SAGE journals archive hosted by HighWire Press. Its outstanding software and free abstracts represent the first significant social science subset amid HighWire's huge science and medicine journal archives. The other...
Scholarly Web Searching: Google Scholar and Scirus
Google introduced a brand-new concept with Google Scholar [http://scholar.google.com]--specialized search aimed at finding scholarly information on the Web. With an initial focus on research articles from publishers participating in the CrossRef project...
Talk about My Generation
"It's a generation thing." I kept hearing this from bloggers at the Computers in Libraries conference last March, as they convinced themselves that only the young blog incessantly and that older attendees discounted their devotion to newer technologies,...
The Many Forms of E-Collaboration: Blogs, Wikis, Portals, Portals, Discussion Boards, and Instant Messaging
[The Web is] an information space through which people van communicate, but communicate in a special way: communicate by sharing their knowledge in a pool. The idea was not just that it should be a big browsing medium. The idea was that everybody would...
Web-Based Chat vs. Instant Messaging: Who Wins?
A lot of people are talking about instant messaging (IM) reference. Heck, we're two of them. The veteran in the arena of real-time online reference is Web-based chat. Many states or other library cooperatives have collaborative Web-based chat (sometimes...
Web Site Redesign: Knowing When It's Time
How do you know when it's time to redesign a Web site? Is there some magical milestone, at 1- to 2-year intervals? Maybe some tidy equation that can be applied? Similar to when you know it's time to change the oil in your car? Although information...
Yeah, but Can You Search Audio?
Numerous technological advances over the past 10 to 15 years have allowed information professionals to become quite skilled at organizing and retrieving information--when it's in textual or numeric form. While there will always be room for improvement,...