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Science on the Internet attempts to give you a snapshot of Web resources (not Internet resources, as the title claims) on science of the broadest possible definition. Taking such a broad approach means that little text is devoted to discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each site. Much of the space wasted on black-and-white illustrations of the home pages could have been turned over to some serious site evaluation, which the authors generally do not provide. Given the mobility of servers and basic URL decay, there are a number of links that simply do not work, or require some extra searching on your part. The four broad chapters in this work could have been more focused on fewer sites with more content and intelligent advice on how to use a selected (read limited) number of key sites. Unfortunately, the authors decide to be encyclopedic — and fail in being nothing more than a dated litany of science servers. Look elsewhere for advice on using the Internet (and not just the Web) in the classroom.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.