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In Review -- on Internet 94: An International Guide to Electronic Journals, Newsletters, Texts, Discussion Lists and Other Resources on the Internet Edited by Tony Abbott / Directory of Directories on the Internet by Gregory B. Newby

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

In Review -- on Internet 94: An International Guide to Electronic Journals, Newsletters, Texts, Discussion Lists and Other Resources on the Internet Edited by Tony Abbott / Directory of Directories on the Internet by Gregory B. Newby

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On Internet 94: An International Guide to Electronic Journals, Newsletters, Texts, Discussion Lists and Other Resources on the Internet. Ed. by Tony Abbott. Mecklermedia, 1994. 453 p. $45, paper.

Directory of Directories on the Internet: A Guide to Information Resources. By Gregory B. Newby. Mecklermedia, 1994. 153p. $29.50, paper.

There are scores of books these days on the "how to" of using the Internet, but not so many that focus on "where to go." On Internet 94 attempts to provide a fairly comprehensive guide to Internet resources, with this hefty volume listing nearly 6,000 "Internet-accessible data files." The book consists of lists in eight categories: discussion lists, electronic journals and newsletters, electronic text and software archives, freenets, campus-wide information systems, commercial services, Usenet groups, and WAIS-accessible databases.

Each of the eight sections lists resources by name of the list or database, and includes a brief description of the resource. A welcome subject index makes it handy to search the sections on discussions lists, e-journals, texts, and commercial services by such specific topics as "Holocaust Studies" and "Barbershop Singing," as well as by the more general headings "Education" and "Science and Technology." The sections on Usenet Newsgroups and WAIS-accessible databases provide a real boon to the Internet hunter, since these resources are initially accessed through the list name.

Future editions are planned. For the avid Internet surfer, having this book in hand is not unlike poring over a good mail-order catalog. …

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