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Catch the Wave: Finding Good Information Fast

Find good information on the Internet fast!

How do you find good information without a lot of time-wasting searching? Too many people believe that the web allows us to access information at the push of a button. But what information? From where? These are crucial questions as web publishing explodes and good information gets buried under piles of trivia.

What exactly are you searching for? Do you often look for specific kinds of information, such as statistics, journal articles, research reports, company information? Do you know where to start? What are the best starting points? Do you know about alternatives to search engines? How can you ensure the information you find is authoritative?

This guide shows you:

  • How to develop an information strategy for any research topic
  • How to tailor a strategy specifically for the work you do – whether it be school or tertiary study, journalism, or librarianship
  • How to track down the best resources online – by type or within specific Web domains
  • How to identify reliable, verifiable information sources on the web

If you need serious information that can stand up to independent scrutiny, Catch the Wave will help you find it!


"Don’t be put off by the passé-sounding title, reminiscent of the breathlessly teenage days of the Internet. This is a sensible guide by an author who knows her stuff, and you’re likely to pick up tips for new ways to use the net even if you’ve been exploiting it efficiently for years. Weaver, a librarian, journalism trainer and columnist, gives lots of sensible general advice and specific strategies for academics, librarians, students and journalists."

Reviewed by Jane Richardson.

Australian Financial Review, Monday 27 October, 2003.

Some satisfied readers have said:

"Last night my daughter was struggling with an assignment on Government and I gave her your book - it was fantastic. There was information that she could use directly out of the book and she could go to the websites suggested and find what she needed immediately! Every student needs this book. I will email my son's Special Ed teacher and tell her about it. Essential in everyone's home!!!!"

"Your book is fantastic and just might change my life! "

Publication Details
Name of Publisher: RMIT University Press
Place of Publication: Melbourne
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0864592418
Publication Year: 2003
Subject Covered: Computer science; Library & information sciences; Information technology