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ERIC Number: ED401942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 48
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Uniform Resource Locators (URLs): Powerful Reference Tools for Librarians and Information Professionals.
Smith, Teresa S.
The Internet is a network of networks which continually accumulates and amasses information, much of which is without organization and evaluation. This study addresses the need for establishing a database of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), and for collecting, organizing, indexing, and publishing catalogs of URLs. Librarians and information professionals were asked via a World Wide Web survey to list and evaluate the URLs they most frequently use to fill information needs for their information-seeking communities. The survey achieved a response rate of 86.4% (n=70). Librarians and information professionals are incorporating URLs into the repertoire of sources they use to provide information. Projects involving construction of catalogs of URLs designed by librarians and information professionals are in the formative stages, with 44.4% of study participants having an informal collection of URLs maintained by bookmarking. The need for a listing of URLs is affirmed by the fact that 80% of participants requested a listing of the URLs resulting from the study. Appendices include the cover letter, survey, and a listing of URLs frequently accessed by surveyed librarians. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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