Google and Other Search Engines: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Did you know that if rather than using Google (great as it is) to find, say, the current wholesale price of a given used car, you used a specialized search engine instead, you could end up with a few relevant results rather than hundreds of potentially useful ones? Or that simply by choosing the correct keyword, you could improve your search results exponentially? If you're like most people, you probably know you could be searching more effectively; this volume actually shows you how! After providing a thorough ...

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Overview

Did you know that if rather than using Google (great as it is) to find, say, the current wholesale price of a given used car, you used a specialized search engine instead, you could end up with a few relevant results rather than hundreds of potentially useful ones? Or that simply by choosing the correct keyword, you could improve your search results exponentially? If you're like most people, you probably know you could be searching more effectively; this volume actually shows you how! After providing a thorough grounding in search basics-keyword usage, wildcards, and more-author Diane Poremsky moves on to the biggies, Goggle and Yahoo, showing you how to make the most out of their differing approaches. You'll also learn about Boolean stars Alta Vista and Hot Bot before the authors launch into an extensive discussion of specialized search engines. Step-by-step instructions and loads of visual aids make learning a snap with this essential guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321246141
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Glossbrenner has written more than 30 books and hundreds of articles and columns for numerous publications. His computer titles have sold more than 600,000 copies. Emily Glossbrenner has co-authored several books with Alfred, including Internet Slick Tricks (Random House).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Search engines and how they work 3
Ch. 2 Unique keywords 19
Ch. 3 Basic search tools 27
Ch. 4 Tips and techniques 39
Ch. 5 Google 63
Ch. 6 Google specialty searches 91
Ch. 7 Yahoo! 109
Ch. 8 AOL search 135
Ch. 9 MSN search 149
Ch. 10 Ask Jeeves 167
Ch. 11 AltaVista 183
Ch. 12 Excite 209
Ch. 13 Lycos 223
Ch. 14 HotBot 237
Ch. 15 Searching newsgroups 259
Ch. 16 Locating mailing lists 275
Ch. 17 Finding people 283
CH. 18 Finding businesses 293
Ch. 19 Other search tools from A to Z 301
App. A Search engines quick references 321
App. B Internet domains and country codes 341
App. C Usenet newsgroup hierarchies 347
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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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