Don't Just Surf

When you first dive into the Internet you can become overwhelmed by the sheer mass of information it contains - often more than you imagined. Trying to navigate a path to what you want can mean investing some serious hours online. Don't Just Surf is the ideal book for Internet newcomers (newbies) or anyone who wants a handy, basic guide to the Internet.

Like any good reference tool, this locally authored book has been up-dated to encompass changes on the Internet over the last two years. Included in the new edition are chapters discussing purchasing information on the Web, subject search tools and a summary on effective Web strategies.

The chapters are easy to read, and include plenty of screen shots which help to hand-hold very new Internet users through everything including the basics of using a browser and entering a URL (internet address). There are even basic tutorials listed at the end of some chapters, to give newbies a sense of searching on their own.

A downside to the book is that it only illustrates the text using Netscape. Commonly used Internet terms are defined throughout the book, and a glossary is included towards the end of the book. But just because there is a focus on newbies, doesn't mean more experienced Internet users should overlook this guide. Anyone who wants to hone their reference skills, or adopt a more streamlined approach to their Internet usage would benefit from the URLs and reference starting points contained in the book alone.

Well written and easy to understand, this book is a valuable tool for anyone who wants online information to be just a mouse click away.

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Amanda Conroy

PC World

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