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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 11 • NUMBER 1 • January 2003 
The Magazine for Database Professionals

Mozilla: The Tale of a Monster (Browser, That Is)
Denise Hamilton explains how this platform came into existence and gives a thumbnail sketch of what Mozilla looks like, how it operates, and where to go to find out more.

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Can Small Businesses Go Online?: The Professional Online Services Flirt with Mom and Pop
Mary Ellen Bates takes a look at how professional online services, once only targeted at the "big boys," are now reaching out to offer lower-priced options to smaller companies.  
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At the Limits of Google: Specialized Search Engines
Judith Gelernter profiles SSEs to see if these engines can provide the very focused information searchers need that often goes beyond the scope of Google and its counterparts.  
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Counting Heads Around the WorldClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
In Part II of his series on international census genealogy databases, David Mattison provides a collection of Canadian census sources and guides.  
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More Tales of a Searcher's Life: Diary of Disaster
Sheri R. Lanza doesn't know whether to laugh or cry when a seemingly quick request to DataStar for three articles turns into an epic misadventure minus the happy ending.  
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Gardens of the World Wide WebClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
Do you, like Tara Breton, dream of daffodils and English landscapes during the long, cold winter months? While your spade is forlornly hanging in the shed, check out these sites that will have you ready to "hoe" come springtime.
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Google Answers Back: Or How to Become an Ex-"Google Answers" ResearcherClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
While she's not selling mousepads on some street corner, Jessamyn West is out of a job at Google for, well, let her explain it.
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Democracy in the Dark: Public Access Restrictions from Westlaw and LexisNexisClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
Melissa Barr takes the two top legal research corporations, Thomson and Reed Elsevier, to task for what she believes is their refusal to provide access to public libraries and their patrons. Both companies offer brief rebuttals to her claims.
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Alacra: Cheerful Willingness, Readiness, or Promptness?
Jan Davis Tudor looks at Alacra, the business database offshoot of Data Downlink, to see if "new" also means "improved."
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Searcher's Voice Click for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
Responding to Secretary of State Colin Powell's statement that he has trashed his printed references in favor of search engines, bq reminds fellow info professionals that it's up to everyone to make sure the right information, whether in print or online, makes it into the hands of those who need it.
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Internet Express
Has excess holiday eating put visions of the Duchess of York and Jenny Craig dancing in your head? Irene McDermott dishes out a variety of online options for helping you to shed those unwanted pounds and get back into shape.  

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Web Wise Ways
Marsha Fulton checks out BioOne, a full-text resource of significant bioscience research journals from smaller societies that formerly were only available in print.  
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Best Buys 
Reactions to articles on the OMB dismantling the GPO, pharmaceutical companies disbanding libraries, and a few corrections start off the new year. 
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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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