Top critical review
useful but limited
on 30 October 2005
This book provides an overview of the various components of the internet and suggests how these might be used by nursing students, and others new to the internet, to communicate and find relevant information. Sections include an overview of health and the net, ways of getting online and using the world wide web, email and newsgroups, and searching of the web and common health databases.
Rather than being a textbook it is a collection of worksheets and exercises, prepared with students of a particular college of nursing in mind, and this detracts slightly from its usefulness in other colleges or for users connecting to the Internet from home. The text is generally clear and any technical terms explained, although some of the screenshots from computer screens could be clearer. The contents, appendices, glossary and index are useful in quickly finding the relevant area, and provide checklists for future reference.
I was slightly confused about the suggestion that the book provides a photocopiable resource, but also contains the standard "Rights reserved" statement, which says that it cannot be reprinted or reproduced, by any means.