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. 30, No. 4, July-August

Anthropology, Taxonomies, and Publishing
Anthropologists are exceptional taxonomists: They classify not butterflies or minerals, but human cultures. To do this, they need to identify and understand the concepts people use to order their world, observe how those concepts are used in daily...
Choosing Databases for Sociology Studies: SocINDEX or Sociological Abstracts?
When EBSCO announced its new database, SocINDEX, in April 2005, it complicated librarians' lives by adding a competitor to CSA's Sociological Abstracts, a long-standing favorite in university libraries. EBSCO's new product presented librarians with...
Content Management Systems as "Silver Bullets"
Many years ago, when tasked with implementing a Web content management system (CMS), my marching orders were clear: Put in place a system that makes Web page development/management easy, makes adoption of the brand via a standard template required,...
Customer Service, Information Professionals, and Library 2.0
There is nothing more disconcerting than walking into your office first thing in the morning and discovering that your Internet connection has vanished. This happened to me the other day, and, I confess, I felt a moment of panic. I don't even like...
Doing the Monster Mashup
Mashups are springing up like mushrooms all over the Internet. The term mashup originated in the world of pop music to describe remixing two or more tracks to create a new song. Mashups for the Web combine two or more independent, possibly competing,...
Ebrary Discover, LISTA, Information World Review Archives
One of the picks is the ebrary Discover service, which offers the option of free reading (viewing) of nearly 30,000 books from renowned publishers. The other pick is the entirely open access LISTA (Library and Information Science & Technology Abstracts)...
Finance Portals and Their Impact on Information Professionals
That the Internet has democratized information is not in doubt. It's the enormous promise that the Web brings to ordinary people--no barriers between them and information. Information professionals sometimes react to this promise with skepticism. We...
Getting the Lead (Information) out! Lead Poisoning: It's a Preventable Environmental Disease-And Information about It Is Both Readily Available and Free
Children, especially the youngest ones, do not show any overt symptoms or signs that they have been exposed to chronic, low levels of lead from the environments where they live or play. Medical surveys estimate that about 3 million children under the...
Standards and "Standards"-Where Would Your PC Be without Them?
Did you use a USB flash/key/thumb drive today? If so, you probably plugged it into your running computer; saw the new drive letter appear; read from, wrote to, or operated programs from the drive; and then removed it. Maybe you used the "safety" method...
The Time Has Come for Visual Search
Visual search, the ability to review results graphically, has been on the horizon for quite some time. Industry prophets, those who stay awake until 2 or 3 a.m. exploring the most esoteric Web sites, have been pointing to graphical results as a likely...
Virtual Reference: In the Age of Pop-Up Blockers, Firewalls, and Service Pack 2
Real-time virtual reference (VR) has been around for several years. Although it has become standard in our libraries and widely discussed in the professional literature, the evidence indicates that libraries are not satisfied with the service. Usage...
Web-Based Software and the New Deskstops on the Web
One outcome of the Web 2.0 movement and its Ajax offspring (discussed in my May/June 2006 ONLINE column) is that a number of Web sites now offer Web-based software. These products are surprisingly easy to use, include collaborative features, and cost...
Web Citation: A Proposal Standardized Specification: This Paper Proposes a New Standard in HTML/XHTML for Creating Accurate Citations. This Is an Original Proposal by the Authors, Who Are Requesting Comments for Review
AS every librarian knows, it is difficult for students and scholars alike to cite Web pages accurately in their footnotes and bibliographies. It is not for lack of trying. The multitude of citation styles--AP, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian--and the unique...
When Short-Term Memory Isn't Enough
As I write this, there is much Sturm und Drang over the fact that several telecom companies gave out records of telephone calls to the National Security Agency. And the Transportation Security Agency has started offering its Registered Traveler program,...