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ONLINE SEARCHER: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies


Volume 38, Number 2 - March/April 2014


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Government websites don't disappear only when the government shuts down. Politics, security issues, money, and lack of interest also play a role.
By Marydee Ojala
Searcher's Voice
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Since librarians often pick up where teachers leave off, filling in the gaps of the basics covered in the classroom, bq proposes that information professionals could become the new "go-to" group whenever a "how-to" need arises.
By Barbara Quint


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Industry News
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Search Engine Update
New Search Features, Developments, and Content
By Greg R. Notess
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Conference Corral
Educating Entrepreneurial Librarians and Ending Online
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Letter to the Editor


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What’s the Big Deal About Big Data?
Big Data dominates the technology and business press, but what does it mean to information professionals? How about new ways to decipher information, mine data, discover trends, analyze search results, and even create your own Big Data? Yes, it is a big deal. Sherman not only explains this terra incognito, he suggests relevant sources for further exploration.
By Chris Sherman
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Talk to an Engineer
Getting an expert opinion is good advice in any number of situations. The trick is to find the expert. Experienced researcher Jocelyn Sheppard shares her proven techniques for finding expert engineers to lend their opinion on her clients' projects.
By Jocelyn Sheppard
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Triggering Productivity
We'd all like to be more productive, in both our personal and professional lives. Moving beyond simple to-do lists, Keiser highlights online services that are designed to help us trigger the actions we should be doing but too often procrastinate about. These take reminders and tickler files to the next level.
By Barbie E. Keiser
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We Are the Innovators
Has search run into a dead end? Arnold reviews the history of search engines, with profiles of once prominent companies, and suggests that newer search engines have their own unique elements to consider. Innovation in search is not dead, but you do have to know where to look.
By Stephen E. Arnold
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Signing a license for a subscription-based resource can be stressful and time-consuming. A veteran of both the buying and selling sides of the negotiating table, Brevig has seven practical suggestions for both things to know and things to do when faced with a licensing situation.
By Armand Brevig
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Websites That Aren’t There Anymore
Alex Wellerstein, a science historian, calls the final few months of 2013 the season of the disappearing websites. It's not only in his specialty, nuclear science, that this is true—and in some cases, it's been happening long before 2013. Why do information sources disappear just when you need them?
By Marydee Ojala


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Creating Company Lists
With the electronic age greatly expanding resources, the question information guru Cindy Shamel addresses is how to approach list creation in what she call "an environment of abundance."
By Cynthia Shamel
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Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Almost 50% of all scholarly research published in 2008 was available online by 2012, meaning open access has surpassed the tipping point. Combining her own findings with the opinions of 13 people connected to the scholarly publishing realm, Abby Clobridge dissects just how far the OA movement has come and its impact on the STEM field.
By Abby Clobridge


The Dollar Sign
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Supply Chain Research
Although not the sexiest of topics, supply chains can be the root cause of failure and success of industries and companies. Ignore them at your peril when you're doing business research.
By Marydee Ojala
Online Spotlight
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Breaking Up Is Easy to Do
As the nature of publishing changes, breaking up publications into smaller pieces creates new challenges for info pros.
By Mary Ellen Bates
InfoLit Land
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When Everything Is Down
If the shutdown of the U.S. government in 2013 taught us anything, it's that important websites can become unavailable. Having alternative sites in mind and a backup plan are essential for the information-literate information professional.
By William Badke
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Beyond the Single Search Box: Discovery Systems
For years, the importance of the single search box in discovery systems reigned supreme. But discovery systems expanded and ?now offer features and functionality to entice users to find the full value of the library.
By Jeff Wisniewski
On the Net
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Surviving Rot and Finding the Online Past
The online past can be forgotten territory, lost in link rot, removed sites, and outdated material. Here are some solutions to the problem.
By Greg R. Notess
Hard Copy
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Recommended Reading on Virtual Libraries, Google, Archiving, and Management
By Deborah Lynne Wiley
Internet Express
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Kids Today: Trending Social Networking Sites and Apps
Click to view a collection of URLs from this article.Now that so many Boomers, especially parental types, have joined Facebook, it's no longer the favorite hangout for teens and 20-somethings. Instead, as Irene McDermott has discovered, the younger crowd is turning to the likes of Imgur and other social networking sites and apps, where they can share images and conversations without the older generation lurking about.
By Irene E. McDermott


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