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Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web
Book by Leading News Researchers Is a Cure for “Internet Overload”
Medford, NJ, October 1999 — Information Today, Inc. has announced the publication of Great Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web by Nora Paul and Margot Williams. A Web page offering links to almost 550 Internet sites went online simultaneously.
Great Scouts! profiles the best of the Internet’s “scout sites”—Web sites that provide access to the most important online sources of information on specific subjects. Scout sites act as Web directories, offering researchers an alternative to search engines (with their frustrating propensity for irrelevant “hits”) by providing organized collections of links to the most appropriate and useful Web sites for a given topic.
“Yahoo! was the genesis, the beginning of a noble attempt to organize the unruly Web,” according to authors Paul and Williams, referring to the best-known Web directory. “Years later, Yahoo! is still the beginning point for many Web users, but as the scope and range and volume of material on every imaginable subject grows and grows on the Web, it is simply impossible for any one guide to look at carefully, organize logically, and make accessible the best resources on all these topics. That’s why we wrote this book.”
profiles the premier scout sites for over 25 topic areas, including:
Scout site profiles include site name, URL, and e-mail address. Information on why a site was chosen, when it was created, topics covered, content, and currency are also included. Additionally, scout site profiles include a description of the primary audience, the number of sites it links to, how linked sites are selected, how it’s supported, how to use/search it, notes on interface design, special features, and more.
Links to Web Scouts
About the Authors
Margot Williams is the Research Editor and Internet Trainer for The Washington Post’s newsroom. She was a member of the investigative team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Previously, she worked as a research librarian at Time Warner, The Poughkeepsie Journal, and The Washington Post, and wrote a monthly column about Internet use for The Post’s consumer technology section. In 1996 and 1998, as the recipient of the Special Libraries Association/Freedom Forum fellowship, she traveled to Hong Kong and Manila to train journalists in the use of the Internet. In 1997, she was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaching investigative reporting with the Internet. She is a frequent speaker on research and Internet topics at news industry associations.
Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web (320 pp/softbound/$24.95/ISBN
is published by Information Today, Inc., and is distributed to the book
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