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  1. Tooltime Internet tools for the news researcher SLA San Antonio TX

  2. What are Internet tools? • Those little helper applications that make life easier for news researchers • Classics like Winzip and Acrobat Reader • Browser addons that jazz up your search power • Desktop tools you can keep handy for narrow, specific functions

  3. Why do you use them? • Stay ahead of your reporting staff (don’t laugh!) • Expand your knowledge & horizons • Technology should work for you -you don’t HAVE to do it the way beginners do! • Skills are built upon new experiences

  4. How do you learn about them? • Internet Alert Services • Search Day • Scout Report (Internet tools) • Research Buzz • Information Today • Searcher Magazine • Librarian’s Index to the Internet

  5. Where do you get them? • Zdnet http://www.zdnet.com/ • Cnet.com http://cnet.com/ • Davecentral.com http://www.davecentral.com/about.html • Moochers.com http://www.moochers.com/ • Internet.com http://www.internet.com/sections/downloads.html • Jumbo downloads: http://www.jumbo.com • Stroud’s CWS Apps http://cws.internet.com/

  6. What’s the downside? • You can seriously junk up your PC! • Privacy can be compromised • The fully functional programs generally cost money • Ads!

  7. Selection criteria? • Useful to news researchers • No Mac tools -couldn’t download applications to our Mac network • Fun or at least amusing • FREE!

  8. Type of tools • Browsers & browser companions • Agents & tickers • Security & encryption tools • Calculators & calendars • Intranet tools • Bookmark software • Fun for science