The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher / Edition 3

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Overview

An essential guide for anyone who conducts research on the internet—including librarians, teachers, students, business professionals, and writers—this fully revised handbook details what users must know to take full advantage of internet search tools and resources. From the latest online tools to the new and enhanced services offered by standbys Google and Yahoo!, the major search engines and their myriad of possibilities are thoroughly discussed. This revamped edition also features chapters on popular social networking sites such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as a collection of up-to-date screenshots for visual reference. For those with little to moderate searching experience, friendly, easy-to-follow guidelines to the world of Web research are provided, while experienced searchers will discover new perspectives on content and techniques. A link to the “Extreme Searcher’s Web Page”—featuring additional resources, updates, and news—is also included.

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The Internet offers vast amounts of information from reliable to questionable, and wading through all the findings can be daunting. librarian Hock's (Yahoo! To the Max; The Traveler's Web: An Extreme Searcher's Guide to Travel Resources on the Internet) work offers readers a wealth of tips to aid in faster and more effective searching. This revised update of the popular work contains recent additions and includes information on social networking, e.g., LinkedIn and Twitter, specialized sites, and improved features. The ten chapters range from "Basics for the Serious Searcher" to "Your Own Place on the Web: Participating and Publishing." He begins with a discussion of the early Internet, including a time line and a short list of Internet-history resources. Interesting tidbits are highlighted in sidebars, while numerous screenshots add interest. A chart in Chapter 4 comparing the features of four popular search engines is more confusing than clarifying. Chapter 7 deals with the wealth of images and audio and video files available to the public. Several beneficial websites for storing and sharing are included. Chapter 9 provides "Five Tips for Buying Safely," reminding readers that if "they follow precautions online purchases should be reasonably secure." While the majority of the handbook covers using the Internet to find information, Chapter 10 focuses on providing material to others, looking at blogs, podcasting, and building your own web presence. Students will appreciate the resource's clear writing style and its practical suggestions for evaluating the quality of websites. Verdict The affordable price and straightforward content make this a worthwhile purchase for high school and college students, writers, and most circulating collections.—Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910965842
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Randolph Hock teaches customized courses on how to use the internet effectively through his company, Online Strategies. He is the author of The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines, The Traveler’s Web, and Yahoo! to the Max. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.
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