The Web Library


Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources
By Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo; edited by Barbara Quint
This is an easy-to-use guide, with chapters organized into sections corresponding to departments in a physical library.

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“This book has introduced me to dozens of free resources I didn’t know existed. Before the end of the first chapter, I was already discovering ways to dig up valuable magazine articles without having to leave my desk. Thanks to Nick Tomaiuolo for providing a thorough and thoughtful survey of how the Internet can help anyone embarking on online research.”

—Lisa Guernsey, Technology and Education Reporter, freelance, New York Times

The Web Library covers a good breadth of resources. The interviews with resource providers add another dimension, giving you the perspective of both developer and cataloger. The book concentrates on resources, not screenshots, giving you plenty of information per square inch.”

—Tara Calashain, author, Google Hacks, and editor,

“This guide to high quality, free and inexpensive online resources will save you a great deal of frustration and expense.”

—Péter Jacsó, professor, author, and Internet Librarian Hall of Fame honoree

With this remarkable, eye-opening book and its companion Web site, Nicholas G. (Nick) Tomaiuolo shows how anyone can create a comprehensive personal library using no-cost Web resources. And when Nick says “library” he’s not talking about a dictionary and thesaurus on your desktop: he means a vast, rich collection of data, documents, and images that–if you follow his instructions to the letter–can rival the holdings of many traditional libraries. If you were to calculate the expense of purchasing the hundreds of print and fee-based electronic publications that are available for free with “The Web Library” you’d quickly recognize the potential of this book to save you thousands, if not millions of dollars (fortunately, Nick does the calculating for you!). This is an easy-to-use guide, with chapters organized into sections corresponding to departments in a physical library. The Web Library provides a wealth of URLs and examples of free material you can start using right away, but best of all it offers techniques for finding and collecting new content as the Web evolves. Start building your personal Web library today!

2004/440 pp/softbound