The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook

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The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook | 2004 | PDF
ISBN: 0-910965-68-4 | 7.2mb | Randolf Hock

The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook is the essential guide for anyone who uses the Internet for research—librarians, teachers, students, writers, business professionals, and others who need to search the Web proficiently. Award-winning writer and Internet trainer Ran Hock covers strategies and tools (including search engines, directories, and portals) for all major areas of Internet content. Readers with little to moderate searching experience will appreciate Hock’s helpful, easy-to-follow advice, while experienced searchers will discover a wealth of new ideas, techniques, and resources. Anyone who teaches the Internet will find this book indispensable.

One of the world's foremost super searchers has distilled his extensive and wide-ranging knowledge into an essential guide to the web's highest quality resources.

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, by Randolph Hock, is both a compendium of high quality web sites, and a treasure trove of tips and tricks for finding information online. Subtitled "A Guide for the Serious Searcher," the book is an excellent follow-on to Ran's previous book, The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines.

Whereas the fist book was a nuts and bolts look under the hood of the major web search services, The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook is much wider ranging, looking not just at web directories, search engines and portals, but also at specialized search sites.

For example, chapters are dedicated to groups and mailing lists, an internet "reference shelf," sights and sounds, news, and shopping.

Importantly, the book is also full of tips on how best to find and use specialized resources. With all of the Google mania we're experiencing these days, it's easy to forget that many of these specialized resources often offer much better quality search results than you can get with a general purpose search engine. Why? Often it's because they are selective in the resources they offer – the opposite approach to Google's motto of finding and indexing all of the world's information.

Specialized sites also have search tools that are "tuned" to finding information specific to a particular subject or category. Many offer advanced capabilities to allow you to be even more precise in your hunt for information.

The book shows you how these search tools work, often providing useful information that's not always obvious, such as whether a search tool is automatically using Boolean logic, or how to turn on or off optional features.

Despite being aimed at "serious searchers," this is an excellent book for people of any skill level. All of the web site descriptions are clear and straightforward. And for newcomers, the first and last chapters are particularly useful, detailing basics for becoming a serious searcher and how to go about publishing information online yourself.

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