Archive for December 4th, 2004

LexisNexis Offers Pay-Per-Article Service

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

LexisNexis now has a free search with a pay-per-article service called AlaCarte! It includes “more than 20,000 sources of business, news, business public records, and government information, including top newspapers, magazines and transcripts, company and industry reports, deed records, liens, zip demographics, state and federal legislation, and intellectual property,” according to the press release. spotted […]

Google Addresses Advertising Click Fraud

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Since a number of bloggers use Google Ads and similar advertising services to get some revenue, I thought this piece might be relevant enough to include in this space. Click fraud is an illegal practice “that occurs when individuals click on ad links that appear next to search results in order to force advertisers to […]

A Massachusetts Shield Law for Journalists?

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Boston attorney Jeffrey Newman is trying to draft a reporter’s shield law for Massachusetts with the help of a committee of journalists because of several recent cases where journalists could have benefitted from the protection such a law could have provided. The article does not say how journalists can get involved in the effort or […]

Teaching Students to Evaluate Information on the Internet

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Teaching people to evaluate information is critical. Librarians and teachers from Waukesha, Wisconsin, relate their efforts to help school students find and examine online sources. The last few lines of the article sound too familiar. Insert your clients in the blanks: "Librarians serve as information sifters for __________ when asked. ‘A lot of _________ come […]

AP Explores Online Habits of 20-somethings

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

The Associated Press is running a series about how people who grew up with the Internet use it and how it influences them. This first article gives a basic overview of some ways teens and 20-somethings use technology to communicate and enhance their school work.

A Look at Google Definitions

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Bill Ives’ shares some thoughts about Google Definitions, which should return links to sites defining the search term. According to Google’s instructions, a search for “define:term” or “define term” should trigger the feature, but I found that “define term” doesn’t work the same as “define:term.” The results are very different (example: define:dogs, define dogs). Look […]

Benefits of Library Cats

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Susan Kuczka of the Chicago Tribune discusses the value of cats in some Illinois public libraries. Not only can they rid libraries of pests that might damage collections, but they can be great stress relievers for staff members. I like Bill Ives’ idea of blogging about fun things that don’t necessarily fall within the topic […]

Another Wikipedia Vandalism Experiment

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

As sj points out, some Cornell students vandlized Wikipedia to test their correction process. Other people have tried similar experiments. Most of the Cornell students’ erroneous information was reverted very quickly. One falsification they did not reveal seems to have survived at least until their column went into print. (Do any of you Wikipedians happen […]

I think sj has a thing for WPs.

Saturday, December 4th, 2004