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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 16 • NUMBER 2 • February 2008
The Magazine for Database Professionals
The Searcher's Voice Podcast
Searcher's Voice
Trust: A Bust?

What defines trust in a web world? bq compares it to a warm, but not housebroken, puppy.
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 Internet Express
Baby, You Can Drive My Car (If You Can Get It to Start)

Ever notice how a car that’s been running like a dream will start acting up minutes after the warranty expires? This month, Irene McDermott helps frustrated owners figure out when to repair and where, or if it’s time to start looking for a new set of wheels instead.

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 The 51st State: The State of Online
Tech Tools for the American Voter and the 2008 Congressional Elections

Americans will be electing more than a president and vice president come November: 435 House and 33 Senate seats are up for grabs. In Part 2 of her continuing series, Laura Gordon-Murnane recommends sites for finding biographies, voting records, campaign finance, and more about the nation’s congressional candidates.

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Web Only Special Feature!
The 51st State: The State of Online
Tech Tools for the American Voter and the 2008 Congressional Elections — The Tutorial

This tutorial is a visual walk-through of how to find what you need to know for the upcoming Congressional elections. Use the tutorial to help you find out if you are registered to vote, biographical information on your Congressman or Senator, his or her voting records, and money donations and campaign fundraising for the upcoming election.

Museum and Library Websites
Beautiful and Informative Across the Ages
Library resources director Constance Vidor highlights a sampling of outstanding sites, often hard or impossible to find using search engines, for learning about art, history, and culture across the globe and across the millennia.

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Searching to Find
Opening Up the World With Open WorldCat
Kimberly Embleton and Helen Heinrich have collaborated to produce a helpful guide to finding library materials through Open WorldCat. They share the most effective search approaches, ranging from simple to sophisticated, for locating needed books and articles.

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 The Freebase Experience
Getting Addicted to the World’s Largest Open Database
David Mattison is “freebasing” but he doesn’t want an intervention. He’s hooked on Freebase, a free, easy-to-learn, web-based collaborative database that makes creating structural relationships a snap. Why does he love it so much? This in-depth review let him count the ways.

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Text Mining Patent Literature
A Case Scenario of a Methodology for Analyzing Unstructured Data
This article by information scientist Robert March outlines a cost-effective way to use common text-mining desktop apps to cluster unstructured textual data on patent literature.

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Best Buys
Before you make those hardware, software, and internet-related purchases, check out Best Buys.

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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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