Cronau, D. (2004), "The Web Library: Building a World‐Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources", Online Information Review, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 381-381. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520410564361
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Ready or not: reference on the Web.
Reference Part II: expert, AskA, and digital reference services.
Books in the Web library.
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Pixels at an exhibition – museums and art.
Software keys to the Web library.
Final considerations and conclusions.
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