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

Validating in the Online Land of Smoke and Mirrors 
A Walk-Through 
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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Easier Than Ever, but Never Easy 
Writing Resources on the Web 
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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“If the News Is That Important, It Will Find Me”  
The Future of Journalism, Newspapers, and Finding Information 
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 
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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Doing It With Wikipedia 
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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Internet Express
New Improved Internet Job Search: Now With Social Networking 
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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