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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. 22, No. 4, July/August

Beyond Evaluation
A Model for Cooperative Evaluation of Internet Resources Librarians and information professionals are fully aware of the continuing exponential growth of the Internet and especially the World Wide Web. The constant struggle to keep up with the technology,...
Bookmark Central
This is the first of what I hope will be many BOOKMARK CENTRAL columns. BOOKMARK CENTRAL is planned to be a way for information professionals to help each other cut through the clutter of Web searching by sharing hard-won URLs to sites rich with content....
DejaNews and Other Usenet Search Tools
With many search engines, databases, multiple search engines, and general finding aids, the first decision to make when searching the Net is not only which searching tool to use, but also which part of the Internet to search. Many of us probably rely...
Digital Watermarking: Intellectual Property Protection for the Internet?
Recently I received a check and across the top was the legend, "This document contains a watermark. Hold at an angle to view." Watermarking-impressing a design into the fibers of paper during its manufacture-has been well-known since the earliest days...
Head-to-Head on Snowboards
Editor's Note Here is the second of ONLINE's HEAD-TO-HEAD articles, a series about the trade-offs of searching the Internet versus the traditional services. If you have a search example that might make a good. HEAD TO-HEAD or a search question you'd...
In Site-Finally an End-User Tool That Works
Information Access Company (IAC) offers three Web-based subscription products. InSite is IAC's answer for the end-user and the focus of this review. InSite Pro is for information professionals and provides Web-based access to some of IAC's most popular...
Internet Access by Satellite: How to Get It, How It Works
In 1997, Internet research became a serious necessity in my daily work-a result of extraordinary growth in Web content during the past year. Although I had been slowly adapting during the previous two years, applications and client requests were growing....
Internet.com
Mecklermedia describes its internet.com Web site as "realtime Internet news and resources." Formerly called iworld, this metasite can be reached through a button on the Mecklermedia home page or directly at http://www. internet.com. At first glance,...
Poor Richard's Web Site: Geekfree, Commonsense Advice on Building a Low-Cost Web Site
Poor Richard's Web Site: Geekfree, Commonsense Advice on Building a Low-Cost Web Site, by Peter Kent. (ISBN 0-9661032-8-9; softcover; 1998; 424pp.; $37.95) Available from Top Floor Publishing, P.O. Box 260072, Lakewood, CO 80226; 800/247-6553 or 303/9891869;...
Royalty Fees Part III: Copyright and Clearinghouses-Survey Results
In recent columns, we have been discussing how copyright royalty fees are established by publishers and distributed to rights holders by the Copyright Clearance Center and document supply clearinghouses. We created a hypothetical scenario in which Paula...
Selected Review & Evaluation Sites
Here are brief descriptions of selected sites mentioned in the accompanying article. Some sites will be reviewed in more detail in future issues in the new BooKMARK CENTRAL column. Magellan http:/www.mckinley.com/ Now owned by Excite, Magellan claims...
Shopbots: Shopping Robots for Electronic Commerce
electronic commerce has come of age. According to a study by IDC Research, Web commerce will grow from $2.6 billion in 1996 to over $200 billion by 2001. After years of tire-kicking and window-shopping at merchants' Web sites, users have started to spend...
The Digital Reference World of Academic Libraries
Print is not yet obsolete-it is still the most visible part of nearly every academic library's collection. But, throughout the 1990s, the reference departments of academic libraries have seen a rapid evolution from a print-centered world to a digital-intensive...
The Many Moods of Moody's
One of the best-known company names in business research is Moody's Investor's Services. Almost a century old, the company published the first of the Moody's Manuals, the printed reference books, in 1900. Today these books-separate series for Bank &...
Web-Based Catalogs
Is Their Design Language Anything To Talk About? Integration is the Holy Grail of library system development. As envisioned, the best of these next-generation, computer-based systems will offer a diverse collection of full-text documents, images, and...
Web Directories Demonstrate an Enduring Online Law
Let me preface this month's column by stating an enduring principle of online information-the Law of Merging Models. It holds that, over time, online services come to resemble each other. Though they may begin with different models, they borrow successful...
You Can't Go Home Again
Forget push. This year's buzzword is "portals." Search sites are repurposing themselves as portals in hopes of becoming your home on the Web. Singlemission domains, such as Yahoo!, Excite, Lycos, and Infoseek, have expanded to offer personalized news...
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