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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Google and Other Search Engines

    BOOK REVIEW 5/2/06 Title: Google and Other Search Engines Publisher: Peachpit Press, c2004, by Alfred & Emily Glossbrenner and Diane Poremsky Original Price: $19.99 (Can be found at a much lower price now) Peachpit offers 30% discounts to computer user groups. This book is one of a series of Visual Quickstart Guides. There is so much useful information in it you need to own it if you have much call to search the web, especially for specialized searches. There is a special chapter for nine of the most powerful search engines available: Google, Yahoo, AOL Search, MSN Search, Ask Jeeves, Alta Vista, Excite, Lycos and Hot Bot. All these sites have several things in common but may be quite different in organization, content and focus. Beyond ¿Googling¿ a topic you learn to use site search features to maximum advantage. This is fun and empowering. The book stresses becoming comfortable with two or three sites. One can be used as your browser¿s home page with the others listed in Favorites or on your Toolbar for handy access. The most important commands and other essential information are assembled into Quick Reference Guides. They appear both in individual search engine chapters and are all compiled in Appendix A. Book features include how search engines work using robot programs called spiders or crawlers, unique key words to cut to what you want more effectively, dealing with stopwords (Words that search engines ignore because they are too common or because they are reserved for some special purpose, e.g., a, an, any, the, to, with, from, for, of, that.) There are tips and techniques, The Seven Habits of Effective Web Searches, what specific search engines do best (page 41), Other Search Tools from A to Z, and more. This book is targeted for people who are comfortable using the computer and who have average searching skills. Search Tools from A to Z is a plus. Each page defines a highly specialized site designed to search for a particular type of information, say, All Music, Project Gutenberg...great works of literature available online, Dinesite Guide, and the list goes on. Two sites are even given for a subject not covered in this chapter. I recommend this book and rate it a 5 (highest). Barbara Moats FMUG

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