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Chapter 10 WAIS: Searching Databases on the Internet

If you don't have a WAIS client on your system you can use WAIS by choosing from the following methods. All of these aren't always available.

It seems that Telnet access to WAIS clients is getting to be very scarce

Here is one to try --

WAIS databases are also available throgh Gopher ...

Example 10.1 WAIS Searching Several Databases with SWAIS using Telnet

Example 10.2 Using Gopher to Access WAIS

There are lots of sites on the Internet that give access to WAIS through Gopher. For this example we're using the server at Arizona State University.

Sources of Information about WAIS

Some other places you may want to visit

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