Compact Research: The Internet

Cyberbullying: ISBN 978-1-60152-262-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-263-4
Cyberwarfare: ISBN 978-1-60152-264-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-265-8
Hacking: ISBN 978-1-60152-268-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-269-6
Online Addiction: ISBN 978-1-60152-270-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-271-9
The Digital Divide: ISBN 978-1-60152-266-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-267-2
Library Media Connection, May 1, 2013

This is a useful series for students needing information about societal issues surrounding the use of the Internet. Each book provides overviews, discussions, primary sources, and facts about the featured topics. Students will find the information easy to understand and integrate into their research. Color charts and graphs clearly illustrate the numerous statistics and well-organized factual material. Source lists lead readers to more in-depth material. More substantive sources would have been welcome in Cyberbullying, but the journalistic references offer a sense of currency, and high school readers will relate to examples from the news provided throughout the series. As a whole, the series offers current, reliable, interesting, and well-organized information.
—Virginia Stone, Assistant Librarian, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, Virginia

Online Addiction: ISBN 978-1-60152-270-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-271-9
Booklist, October 1, 2012

In her brief survey of online addiction, author Parks addresses four basic questions: Is online addiction real? Can people get addicted to social networking? How serious of a problem is compulsive online gaming and gambling? Can people recover from online addiction? Obviously, the first question drives the rest, and Parks acknowledges that there is a body of opinion that such addiction is not real, although there is an expanding body of professional opinion that argues that online addiction in its various forms is a viable consideration for evaluation and treatment. Parks addresses each of her four questions in separate sections of her book, which begins with a narrative overview, followed by primary source quotations, facts, statistics, and illustrations. A chronology, source notes, and a bibliography conclude. The format is visually pleasing and highly accessible, and the text, though necessarily brief, is cogent and well written. A useful introduction to a highly dynamic field.