Volume 17, Number 2 February 2000
Conducting a successful online search
This guide offers outdated methods and little current information
by Gwen Gregory
Presents an unfavorable review of "Online Retrieval: A Dialogue of
Theory and Practice, second edition" ($55) by Geraldene Walker and
Joseph Janes, published in 1999 by Libraries Unlimited of Englewood,
CO. Says that this 312-page book is concentrated on teaching readers
to use the DIALOG system, although the second edition claims to have
been expanded to include discussion and examples of newer systems
and especially to highlight similarities between systems like DIALOG
and search engines available on the Web. However, complains that
most chapters merely have a brief section about the Internet tacked
on to the end and some parts are quite out of date. Concludes that
while it does contain some valuable information, it cannot be
recommended. Adds that the heavy emphasis on DIALOG searching will
not serve current library students as well as a broader introduction
to many search methodologies would.
Includes a product source guide.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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