Card catalog description It's common knowledge that the Internet - with its gigabytes of text and graphics files, its thousands of databases and software programs - is the world's largest and fastest-growing storehouse of digital information. But locating information on the net is not an easy matter. Because it is not centrally administered, the Internet lacks anything like a definitive "catalog," "table of contents," or "index" - or even a coherent set of electronic tools for sorting through and searching out information. Internet users trying to track down a document or database are confronted with an overwhelming mass of data, a sometimes obscure and always changing electronic landscape, and a bewildering array of tools for taking stock of and organizing what's "out there." In Finding It on the Internet, bestselling author Paul Gilster shows how to bring some measure of order to this chaotic situation. With clear discussions of how to formulate realistic, workable plans for gathering information, as well as step-by-step explanations of all the major Internet tools, Gilster describes the critical difference between search engines like WAIS, archie, and Veronica, and browsing tools like Gopher and World Wide Web; fine-tuning online sessions with the latest Internet tools, including Jughead and HYTELNET - and for those with high-speed access, Mosaic; numerous actual search and browsing sessions that demonstrate the importance of careful planning as well as trial and error; and accessing a wide variety of search and browsing tools even when you're limited to an "E-Mail only" Internet account. As an information resource, the Internet is very much a work in progress. Even for researchers who have used it for years, the net can prove frustrating and confusing. Nonetheless, as Paul Gilster demonstrates in this book, with some planning and perseverance, you can set sail confidently on the network's vast sea of information.
A supplement to the author's previous work, The Internet Navigator. Again, a superb presentation by Gilster, who displays an understanding of Internet that goes beyond technique and into the philosophy of how elements of the net relate to one another. Where his previous volume served as a thorough introduction to the net, this work addresses specifically how to find information using the variety of tools available such as Veronica, WAIS, and World Wide Web. His examples demonstrate each tool's strengths and limitations, and provide a foundation from which to explore. Gilster's command of the subject is beyond reproach. In a very crowded field, both works stand out in acumen and completeness. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Table of Contents
1. Internet Navigation Tools
2. archie: Finding Files
3. Gopher: Finding Resources by Menu
4. Veronica: Gopher as Search Engine
5. WAIS: Searching for Text
6. World Wide Web: Hypertext As Browsing Tool
7. HYTELNET: The Database on Your Computer
8. WHOIS, netfind, X.500: Finding People
9. E-Mail: Non-Interactive Searching
10. CNIDR: The Future of Internet Searching
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