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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 17 • NUMBER 5 • May 2009
The Magazine for Database Professionals
The Searcher's Voice Podcast
Searcher's Voice
Nag, Nag, Nag

bq is in the mood to nag. But that’s OK: It’s for your own good.
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Internet Express
Grow Your Own: Home Horticulture on the Web Full Text $
Amid the often depressing economic news, Irene McDermott encourages info pros to dig in, literally, and become home gardeners. She shares websites that give the “hoe”-down on everything from what seeds to plant and when to what you’ll need to help your seedlings grow.

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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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The Medical Blogosphere
How Social Networking Platforms Are Changing Medical Searching Full Text $
Stephanie Ardito examines how social networking is impacting the way the media monitors medical news and evaluates how this change is affecting searching methods and search results.

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The EPA Libraries’ Near-Death Experience Full Text $
Toby Pearlstein and James Matarazzo tell the tale of how 2-plus years of advocacy and intervention by EPA employees and unions, information industry associations, and congressional committees successfully fought the 2007 announced closures of several EPA libraries.

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Celebrating Evolution the Web Way Full Text $
To coincide with the twin anniversaries of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s most famous book, David Mattison presents a wide range of sites related to some aspect of Darwin or his Theory of Evolution, from links on teaching evolution in the classroom to scientists who write about the topic and organizations that are commemorating Darwin and his life’s work online and off.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.The 51st State: The State of Online
Election 2008: It’s a Wrap 
Concluding her multipart series that analyzed the myriad ways online reshaped the roles of both the media and the constituency during the 2008 election year, Laura Gordon-Murnane reflects on how politics, elections, and even the way we govern have been changed from here on out.

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‘Everyone’s a Critic’ So Share Your Reviews Full Text $
In this edition of his ongoing series, Nick Tomaiuolo taps into the power of customer online reviews, looks at the rise of WOM in product purchases, and sees how integrity and trustworthiness hold up in the online, compared to the print, world.

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How Did They Get All That Stuff Inside?
The Incredibly Shrinking Computer, Part 2 Full Text $
In the second installment of his series, Rich Oppenheim helps searchers determine if they are willing, ready, and most importantly able to upgrade, or in some cases switch, to the current crop of smartphones.

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