This session presents a systematic approach to searching the Internet for agricultural information. The approach consistently retrieves information from reliable sources and may be applied to other subject areas. A road map indicating the hierarchical arrangement of agriculture information on the Internet will be shown. Discussions will center on who are the major agricultural information providers on the Internet, how to find them, and how to transfer traditional reference knowledge to Internet searching. Sample searches using traditional reference and research skills will demonstrate how to retrieve and verify information.
This presentation is intended to help reference staff convert the Internet to a more useful reference tool. In addition to bookmarking specific URLs and using keyword searching, the road map shows another approach to using the Internet at the Reference Desk.