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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 17 • NUMBER 4 • April 2009
The Magazine for Database Professionals

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Validating in the Online Land of Smoke and Mirrors 
A Walk-Through Full Text $

Nisa Asokan shares her tips for deciding if a website’s content is valid and also chats with the CEO of, a site well-known to reference librarians and info pros alike.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article. Easier Than Ever, but Never Easy 
Writing Resources on the Web Full Text $

Paul Piper has penned an article to assist both beginning and advanced writers by identifying a plethora of online resources that cover everything from getting published to getting grant money.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Click here for supplemental content (PDF).“If the News Is That Important, It Will Find Me”  
The Future of Journalism, Newspapers, and Finding Information Full Text $

With journalism as we know it having reached the tipping point, Nancy Herther interviews two women, Nora Paul and Kathleen Hanson, former newspaper librarians who currently work at a major journalism school teaching the next generation of writers. The topic? Is the web mature enough to provide an adequate alternative to print sources and where will the quality once found in print sources come from in the future?

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Copyright Alert!
Even U.S. Government Information May Be Protected by Copyright Full Text $
Bonnie Klein, a copyright specialist with the Defense Technical Information Center, looks at a common misconception, that all federal government info is in the public domain, and shares some copyright basics to follow when dealing with federal documents.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Click here for supplemental content (PDF).U-Content
Doing It With Wikipedia Full Text $
Nicholas Tomaiuolo enters into the Wikipedia “pro or con” debate by showing how a number of university library staff are making Wikipedia’s existing free resources better for their students, and everyone else who makes Wikipedia a first stop for information.

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The Searcher's Voice Podcast
Searcher's Voice
The News Hole

bq has some ideas for dealing with the elimination of community news sources, like the town newspaper, and all of them are fit to print.
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New Improved Internet Job Search: Now With Social Networking Full Text $
In this month’s column, Irene McDermott encourages her fellow public librarians to help out-of-work patrons find new jobs using the latest technologies on the web by sharing just a handful of employment resources she’s uncovered.

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Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.

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