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VOLUME 20 • NUMBER 10 • December 2012
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Searcher's Voice
The Long View
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In her pseudo-farewell address to the troops, bq reminds all in the trenches that no matter what great technologies exist now and are yet to come, the world will always need the right kind of librarians to make sure that those seeking information are getting the best possible results.
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Videos by the People for the People Download the December 2012 issue of Searcher
Speaking of the mobile world, Searcher’s resident gadget guru Richard Oppenheim reels in some facts and figures on digital imaging and how video is enabling viewers to connect and contribute online in an ever more personal way. He makes some recommendations for those pursuing this digital realm along with predictions for what is still to come.

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The Future of Mobile
Walled Gardens or Open Access?Download the December 2012 issue of Searcher
Six billion people worldwide now own cellphones, and it is estimated that by 2015, 40% of households in the developing world will have internet access. As the world becomes more and more mobile, Nancy Herther asks the experts what this means on a variety of levels and whether true open access can ever become a reality.

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Internet Express
Trolls, Cyberbullies, and Other Offenders
Dealing With Antisocial Behavior on the InternetDownload the December 2012 issue of Searcher

Along with all the good parts of the internet come the not so good. Irene McDermott looks at online examples of antisocial behavior such as cyberbullying and trolling, focusing on how to recognize it, report it, and prevent it. She also examines the psychology of online behavior and how otherwise congenial individuals can turn into ranting lunatics via social media outlets.

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The Government Online
Tell It to Washington OnlineDownload the December 2012 issue of Searcher

The Bill of Rights guarantees that citizens can contact their government representatives with their grievances. In the electronic age, Peggy Garvin looks at the various ways to communicate with elected officials — and online is not always the best route to take.

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The Medical Digital
Clinical Trials
Part 2. Identifying and Participating in Clinical Research StudiesDownload the December 2012 issue of Searcher

In the second half of her two-parter on clinical trials, Stephanie Ardito pinpoints the ethical and safety issues an individual needs to consider before making the decision to become a participant in one. She also shares resources for locating disease-specific trials.

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The Sidebar
The Frugal Legal ResearcherDownload the December 2012 issue of Searcher

Carol Ebbinghouse divulges to Searcher’s legal researchers her tips for making sure low-cost legal info sources remain reliable, accessible, up-to-date, and authoritative. At the top of her checklist is to keep looking for better sources and keep on evaluating current ones.

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Publishing Trends
The Future for Library Searching
Proprietary Subscription Databases, Google Scholar, or Content Farms?Download the December 2012 issue of Searcher

Dan Tonkery, who got his feet wet in the world of online databases at the National Library of Medicine as it was building MEDLINE, compares the old-school proprietary subscription databases to new-fangled alternatives Google Scholar and content farms. As usual, what you’re seeking often determines which option to choose.

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ContactsDownload the December 2012 issue of Searcher
Find the postal and electronic addresses and phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.

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