Originally written by two people with extensive experience
teaching beginners at the college level, this book is unique in
several ways, including the ease with which search beginners can
understand it. That's partly because the book clearly explains certain essential underlying
ideas about e-searching that all other books on the subject seem
to take for granted, and partly because of the structural design
of the book (continue reading).
At the same time,
it also provides a solid learning experience for
search experts. In effect, we cover the whole range from
beginner to advanced searcher. Thus, we work from basic concepts
such as indexing of data and search parameter types, to the most
advanced features of today's search engines, e.g., regular
expressions for complex pattern matching, and
post-processing of search histories.
- Focused on you — the
equipping you with the knowledge and skills to
improve the quality and accuracy of your Internet
- Effective search techniques emphasized — not
- Appropriate for beginner to advanced-level
- Easy to learn.
- Thorough, yet not heavy reading.
- Invaluable to get you faster, more accurate
thus saving you time.
- Dynamically accessible —
providing extensive hyperlinking both internally
within the book and externally to the Internet.
- Always current.
- Broad in perspective —
examining features of many search engines and
search utilities from a generic point of view.
- Uniquely organized to help you access material
to suit your individual needs.
- Developed by experienced teachers, using proven
methods over many years.
So you already know how to search fairly
well. Why should you read our book? What's
in it for you?
Our book is chock full of:
- tips and tricks
- case studies
- search engine tutorials
latest research on searching
- links to hundreds of excellent
resources on the Internet
Our book also features:
- A structured system to help you select the best
search tool for each search you conduct.
- Our own
free Search Tool Guide to help you locate the
information you want quickly and efficiently.
- Information on less well-known search engines
with advanced features like clustering and
post-processing of findings to sift, retain and
follow up on your search results.
- Our unique
Features Control Center to help you easily try out
and compare dozens of search engine features with
a few clicks of your mouse.
Whether novice or advanced searcher, you can
improve your search skills, and this book will help
you do it.
This book may be of particular interest to
certain user groups:
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Information specialists & librarians
Chapter 1 discusses the inner workings of search engines.
Chapter 5 summarizes special interface tools,
including register-at-search-end tools available from our
featured search engines.
Search engine developers
Guide acts at a meta level to those provided by
individual search sites, integrating and cross-referencing
materials from many search tools and search guides in one
Our Features Control Center provides a template of search
engine features, which compares their attributes at multiple
levels of abstraction. This not only provides a generic
treatment of search engine functions, but is also useful to
map one search engine against another.
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