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. 26, No. 2, March

A Traditional Library Goes Virtual: Planning the Virtual Library Requires a Vision That Brings Changes to All Aspects of the Library's Operations. the Following Is an Account of One Library's Experience
Library tours at my organization are not what they used to be. As head librarian at Bell Canada's Information Resource Centre (IRC) in Montreal, I used to take pride in showing groups of users and graduate library school students around our imposing...
Cataloging's Comeback: Classifying and Organizing Corporate Documents
Thousands of corporations are in the midst of implementing corporate portal solutions. While these portals come in all shapes and sizes, they have a fundamental goal: to increase company productivity by serving employees with accurate, timely, and...
Corporate Portals Post Dot Com. (O'leary Online)
We're now in the post dot com age, as the great dot com contraction of the past year and a half continues. Once high-flying sites are being bought out, reducing staff, scrambling to come up with alternative revenue streams, or simply disappearing....
Crashing Every Hour. (PC Monitor)
What? You say you don't get the Blue Screen of Death at least three times a day? You must be leading a charmed life, at least compared to tech writers. These writers seem to face a constant stream of Windows freezes and crashes, with Mac users not...
Dialog's Connect-Time Pricing. (Online Spotlight)
I'm one of those long-time Dialog searchers who get all misty-eyed at the memories of thermal printers and calculating per-minute costs of each of Dialog's 10 or 15 files. OK, maybe not misty-eyed, but I did cut my searching teeth on Dialog and still...
eStat Database; eFficient eFfective eFfordable eSsential: You Can Never Get Enough of a Good Thing: Godiva Chocolate, MASH Reruns, and Yes, Indexing (or as It's Cool to Now Call It- Taxonomies)
Remember those days when full-text online article access was just a dream? When we were dependent on the thoroughness, the consistency, the intelligence of abstracting and indexing? Remember PTS PROMT (when it really was PTS PROMT)? When full text...
Financial Information: For Public Companies. (Researching)
Since we are creatures of habit, I imagine that most researchers automatically go to one favorite Internet site for financial information on U.S. publicly traded companies. Dozens of business portals are providing financial data in order to create...
FOS Newsletter Archive FindArticles.com Wikipedia. (Peter's Picks & Pans)
My first pick is the Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter archive edited by Peter Suber, which provides lucid, well-balanced summaries about developments in electronic publishing, digital copyright, and new digital services and products of scholarly...
History Lesson: CAB International
What connection do two British entomologists sent to Africa in the first decade of the 1900s have with a modem electronic database that is branching out into creating futuristic Web communities? Without them, there would be no insect collection at...
Just in Time Training: Creating Viewlets for Intranet Applications. (Intranet Librarian)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a short demonstration worth? Who knows? There are many instances where being able to show the actual steps to carry out a specific task for an intranet application is far more effective than providing...
Lessons for Working with Web Designers
The Yale University Library's Web site (www.library.yale.edu) had the same design in place for four years--a lifetime in Web terms. Like the house that Jack built, it had accreted new bits and pieces and additions over the years and lacked overall...
Living with Ambiguity. (the Homepage)
My first year at university I took an English literature course from the award-winning novelist, John Hawkes. It was one of the most invigorating and frustrating courses I've ever experienced. In hindsight, I was much too young to appreciate his literary--and...
Profiling Companies. (the Dollar Sign)
Company profiles are becoming a hot commodity. I use the word commodity intentionally, since I've noticed a trend towards packaging company information into a nice neat little container that includes a wide (or, in some cases, not so wide) number of...
Searching the PCT Patent Files: Another Instance of Faux Full Text
Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in access to online files containing the complete texts of patents. These types of files present some unique advantages to both regular and infrequent searchers, but they also have some significant...
Section 508 and Your Web Site. (Web Site Management)
Whether your Web site is large, small, or somewhere in between, you may be confused by recent Web site accessibility standards, and how these guidelines and the associated U.S. federal legislation will affect the current and future development of your...
The Changing Person within the Information Profession. (Industry Insights)
I spent much of the last quarter of 2001 working on strategic planning for 2002 and beyond with corporate information managers and their teams. In almost every case, in order to deliver on its strategic imperative, the information function needs to...
The Wayback Machine: The Web's Archive. (on the Net)
now that the Internet is established in the public information space, it has become a new publishing medium. The Web in particular has proved an incredible repository of all kinds of information content. But it has also proven to be a very changeable...
Web Search Agents: One-Stop Shopping" for Researchers
It's not an unusual scenario: You know the information you need is somewhere out there on the Web. Now, you're expected to get it-- absolutely, positively, and quickly. What to do? Where to start, how to do it, for a power searcher, quality research...
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