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A. Internet Blue Pages: The Guide to Federal Government Web Sites, 2001-2002 Edition, by Laurie Andriot, CyberAge Books, 2001, softbound, $34.95, 464 pages. Internet Blue Pages (IBP) is the leading guide to federal government information on the Web. IBP 2001-2002 includes over 1,800 annotated agency listings, arranged in U.S. Government Manual style to help you find the information you need. Entries include agency name and URL, function or purpose of selected agencies, and links from agency home pages. With double the coverage of the previous edition, IBP now includes federal courts, military libraries, Department of Energy libraries, Federal Reserve banks, presidential libraries, national parks, and Social Security offices. A companion Web site features regularly updated agency links.

B. Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet, edited by Anne P. Mintz; foreword by Steve Forbes, CyberAge Books, 2002, $24.95, softbound, 278 pages. Intentionally misleading or erroneous information on the Web can wreak havoc on your health, privacy, investments, business decisions, online purchases, legal affairs, and more. Until now, the breadth and significance of this growing problem for Internet users have yet to be fully explored. In Web of Deception, Anne P. Mintz (Director of Knowledge Management at Forbes Inc.) brings together 10 information industry gurus to illuminate the issues and help you recognize and deal with the flood of deception and misinformation in a range of critical subject areas. A must-read for any Internet searcher who needs to evaluate online information sources and avoid Web traps.

C. Super Searchers Cover the World: The Online Secrets of International Business Researchers, by Mary Ellen Bates, edited by Reva Basch, foreword by Glare Hart, CyberAge Books, 2001, $24.95, softbound, 250 pages. As the ubiquity of the Internet has fostered more interest in business outside the United States, the need for companies to see their market and competitive environment in a global perspective has forced more businesses to think internationally. Through a collection of 15 interviews with expert online researchers, exploration of the specific challenges of reaching outside a researcher's geographic area and expertise is detailed. In-country experts from around the world, such as librarians and researchers from government organizations, multinational companies, universities, and small businesses, discuss issues like nonnative language sources, cultural bias, and judging reliability of unfamiliar sources. Interviewees are from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

D. Electronic Democracy, 2nd Edition: Using the Internet to Transform American Politics, by Graeme Browning, foreword by Adam Clayton Powell III, CyberAge Books, 2002, $19.95, softbound, 260 pages. In this new edition of Electronic Democracy, award-winning journalist and author Graeme Browning details the colorful history of politics and the Net, describes the key Web-based sources of political information, offers practical techniques for influencing legislation online, and provides a fascinating, realistic vision of the future. Coverage includes: The role of the Net in Election 2000--did Gore's e-strategy let him down?; Tips and techniques for grassroots activists, campaigners, and fundraisers; Finding and communicating with policy makers, the media, and organizations online; Political forums, information resources, and Web databases; Dimples and hanging chads in Florida--what is the future of voting technology?

E. Internet Prophets: Enlightened E-Business Strategies for Every Budget, by Mary Diffley, foreword by Ivan R. Misner, CyberAge Books, 2001, $29.95, softbound, 342 pages. Since the bursting of the dot-coin balloon, companies are approaching e-business with a new wariness--and rightly so, according to author and entrepreneur Mary Diffley. In Internet Prophets, Diffley speaks directly to the skeptics, serving up straightforward advice that will help even the most technophobic executive do more business on the Web. …

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