Canadian Internet Handbook.
J.A. Carroll and Rick Broadhead.
Scarborough, ON, Prentice Hall, 1996. 872pp, paper, $24.95.
Internet (Computer network)-Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up.
(any school or library with an Internet connection).
Review by Bob Haxton
The phenomenal growth of the Internet in 1995, facilitated by Netscape
and the World Wide Web, has brought some significant changes in the third
edition of this popular handbook. The attractiveness of the Web,
the ease of use of the Netscape browser, and an awakening to the
Internet's potential has increased the number of services greatly.
There were 41 Internet service providers in Canada in 1994 and 163
by 1995. Whole libraries of formerly hard-to-get information have become
available as government institutions have got on-board. A foreword by
Prime Minister Jean Chretien reflects this new interest, as does his
government's commitment to having all schools and libraries in Canada
connected to the Internet by 1998. No doubt this handbook will be sitting
alongside all those modems.
The coverage appears exhaustive. The eighteen chapters,
conveniently, summarized in the preface, cover the obvious questions such
as: what is it? what can I do on it? and, how does it work? as well as
information on aspects such as knowledge networking and Usenet, and, of
course, a directory of services in Canada. Also included are chapters on
Microsoft and the Internet, a history of the Internet in Canada, the
results of a national Angus Reid poll on Internet use, and a very
interesting chapter on the potential of the Internet.
Besides a good table of contents, the summaries mentioned above, an
index, a glossary, and some useful appendices, there are two small but
interesting features in the layout: each chapter begins with a useful
summary in point form, organized in a conspicuous side box, and
thought-provoking quotations are arranged in the margins throughout.
The authors are both professionals working in this field and have
written and lectured extensively about their subject. They have also
written a companion volume, The Canadian Internet
Directory, which has about eighteen hundred Internet resources in
Canada (as compared to the three hundred in the Handbook), and
another on business opportunities, The Canadian Internet Advantage:
Opportunities for Business and Other Organizations.
The Canadian Internet Handbook gives you not only an
evaluation and analysis of the Internet, but also an understanding of the
Internet as a community, particularly in the anecdotal case studies given
in chapter three, "The Internet in Canada." In reading these, you hear
an echo of that co-operative, pioneering spirit that has characterised
this country. I would recommend this title to anyone with an Internet
Bob Haxton is a teacher/librarian in Vancouver.
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