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The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines: A Handbook for the Serious Searcher [Paperback]

Randolph Hock


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Feb. 28 2001
(CyberAge Books) Handbook for those who like to conduct searches and meta-searches on the Internet. Provides information on numerous search engines such as Excite, Yahoo!, Metacrawler, ProFusion, Fast Search, and AltaVista. Explains the purposes, strengths, and weaknesses of each engine, and offers tips and techniques for better searches. Previous edition not cited. Softcover.

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc.; Second edition edition (Feb. 28 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910965471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910965477
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,579,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone knows how to call up a search site, tap in some keywords, and hope for something relevant. But to get valuable and speedy results from Web search engines, you need some advanced knowledge. The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines tells you what you need to know.

This book shows you how to assemble high-quality queries on major search sites. In addition to providing a general tutorial on composing Boolean searches--that's all the AND, OR, and NOT stuff--Randolph Hock shows you how to use each site's special search terms and characters. He explains how to do proximity searches on Lycos, for example, and how to limit a HotBot search to information no more than a week old.

If you're publishing information on a Web site and want to increase its chances of coming up in search results, be sure to check out Hock's information on how documents get pulled into the engines' databases and how they're indexed. Documented sites include AltaVista, Excite, InfoSeek, Lycos, Yahoo, and others. Hock doesn't pay enough attention to searches for nontext media--a search for MP3 files and clip art would have been helpful. Coverage of non-U.S. search tools is lacking as well. But what's here satisfies most needs. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With nary a hint of condescension, this solid video overview of the Internet discusses a fairly broad range of issues, making two important points: 1) the net is comparable to the biggest library ever owing to the linking of millions of servers full of information, and 2) no one actually designed the Internet, it just kind of happened an idea that might not come across clearly in a book. Other topics include standard terms, domain names, online auctions, and e-mail. Teachers could use this as a lead-in to a discussion or as a basic introduction for young or new users; recommended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Finding Information Online a Much Easier Task! Dec 7 1999
By Jim Moran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The availability of a lot of information on the Internet has made finding specific information a more difficult task to accomplish. Unless someone knows were to find something online they must make use of existing tools to find it. A number of elaborate search engine tools were created with this one goal in mind.
Randolph Hock has written The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines to provide us with helpful insight into how existing search engines can be put to use to help researchers find specific information online. A number of these search engines have been around for a while and have seen much use, but time, effort, and money can be saved by becoming more familiar with the major ones and using those that will get the job done!
This book covers the operation and use of major search engines such as Alta Vista, Excite, HotBot, Infoseek, Internet Sleuth, Lycos, Northern Light, WebCrawler, Yahoo, and others. Readers will find out that there are not only search engines that search the 'Net, but search engines that search multiple search engines themselves! Some of these are covered in the book as well!
Readers are introduced to each search engine covered in the book. Screen shots, entry fields, and information about special functions and use are provided. They will learn how each search engine operates and how they should be put to the best possible use. They are compared with one another and the author offers his own opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of each one. Readers are left to determine which search engines are best suited for their own particular needs. An accompanying Website provides updated information at their fingertips!
The book is ideally suited for professional researchers, students, businesses, and libraries. It can be read from cover-to-cover or opened up at any particular place as special needs arise. It is thoughtfully written and very readable. It will make finding information online a much easier and more enjoyable task!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you search the Net, you need this book March 21 1999
By Mary E. Bates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's always hard to figure out which search engine to use when you're trying to find information on the Web. Hock's book does a great job at sorting out the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major search engines, as well as providing easy-to-read documentation of features such as phrase searching and searching for personal names. I especially liked the sections on "What Happens Behind the Scenes" and "Special Options," which show where each search engine excels. Any serious Net.searcher should have this book within arm's reach.

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