Search Engines for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide

Search Engines for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide

by Alfred Glossbrenner


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Save yourself hours of frustration with the third edition of this easy-to-use search engine guideÑupdated top-to- bottom to reflect recent overhauls in the major search sites.

  • Shows everyone how to find the information they want on the InternetÑ-quickly, easily, and without frustration.
  • Focuses on the major search engines (AltaVista, Yahoo!, Excite, HotBot, Google, Infoseek, Lycos) but briefly covers dozens of specialized engines and other resources, such as Usenet archives.
  • Published in PeachpitÕs popular Visual QuickStart Guide format for fast, easy referencing.

The most heavily visited spots on the World Wide Web are the major search engine sitesÑclear evidence that users want to find what theyÕre looking for as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, most people have no idea how to tap the true power of the WebÕs major search engines. The most popular Web search engines are AltaVista, Excite, HotBot, InfoSeek, Lycos, Google, WebCrawler, and Yahoo! Each search engine has its strengths and weaknesses, and knowing which one does what best can save the user lots of time. All the major search engines have revised their services and interfaces since the previous edition of this book (except Yahoo!), necessitating a revision for the book.

This visual, task-based guide starts out by introducing readers to the basics of search engines, then shows readers how to work with specific and specialized search engines. This guide is essential reading for the novice, and has plenty to offer the experienced Internet researcher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780201734010
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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The amount of information available on the Internet and the World Wide Web is vast and growing at a staggering rate. According to one widely publicized study (originally published in the journal Science on April 3, 1998), there may be as many as 320 million Web pages accessible via the Internet, and millions of new ones are added every month. So how does anyone find anything? That's the $64,000 question. If you're like us, the fascination of "browsing the Web"-clicking on links to go aimlessly hither and yon-wore off a long time ago. We want to sign on, get the information we need, sign off, and go about our business and our lives. Fortunately, excellent tools are available on the Net to help you do just that. They're called search engines and, not surprisingly, the best of them consistently rank among the most popular sites on the Net. But now we have a new problem and a whole new set of questions. With so many search engines out there (one popular Internet directory currently lists 156 and the number keeps growing), how do we find out what the really good ones are? Does it make any difference which one we choose? Will a search for, say, Year 2000 Problem or Ally McBeal episode guide produce the same results whether we use AltaVista or Excite or Yahoo? How to get the most out of this book This book will answer all of these questions and more. And like all the books in the Visual QuickStart series, it's designed to do so with a minimum of technical jargon and extraneous information. You'll find lots of step-by-step instructions and specific examples for using search engines in general, and the very best ones in particular. In writing the book, we've made just a few basic assumptions about you:

  • You understand the fundamentals of working with a computer, such as how to use a mouse and how to choose menu commands.
  • You have access to the Internet-either through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Earthlink or Netcom or an online service like America Online (AOL) or Microsoft Network (MSN).
  • You have some experience using a Web browser program such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer to visit Web sites, and now you're ready to do more than just "surf the Net."

If you're not quite up to speed on one or more of these fronts, you may want to hold off on this book for the time being. Instead, check at your favorite bookstore or your local library for The Little Web Book: A Gentle Introduction to the World Wide Web and the Internet (also published by Peachpit Press). We wrote Little Web for people who are venturing onto the Internet for the very first time. Once you've read it and spent some time exploring Web sites on your own, the information presented in this book will make a lot more sense.

How this book is organized
The chapters in Search Engines for the World Wide Web are organized into three major parts, followed by four appendices. Here's what's covered in each one:
Part 1: Search Basics
Here we introduce you to the concept of search engines and how they work. You'll also learn about keywords-how to choose the right ones and the various methods of combining them for more effective searches. We round things out with some specific tips and techniques for using any search engine.
Part 2: Using the Leading
Search Engines
This part gets down to specifics with chapters on six of the most popular Web search engines. By the time you're finished, you'll know about their strengths and weaknesses and how to use the major features. Perhaps best of all, each chapter includes at least one Quick Reference guide that summarizes the key commands and search rules for each search engine.
Part 3: Using Specialized
Search Engines
This part presents some alternatives to the all-purpose "Swiss Army Knife" approach of the search engines covered in Part 2. Just as cooks and carpenters need special tools from time to time, so too do Web searchers. We'll introduce you to some of the best of these special tools and help you understand when to use them for faster, more efficient searches.

Table of Contents


How to Get the Most Out of This Book. How the Book is Organized.


1. Search Engines and How They Work.

The Perils of Internet Searching. Search Engines to the Rescue. The Big Six Search Engines. How Search Engines Work. More Information for Webmasters and Others.

2. Unique Keywords.

The Challenge of Full-Text Search. Choosing the Right Keywords.

3. Basic Search Tools.

Searching in Plain English. Searching for Multiple Words and Phrases. AND Searches. OR Searches. NOT Searches. NEAR Searches. Parentheses and Nested Searches. Using Wildcards. Dealing with Stopwords.

4. Tips and Techniques.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Web Searchers. Customizing Your Web Browser. Keyboard Shortcuts and Other Timesavers.


5. AltaVista.

The AltaVista Home Page. Searching with AltaVista. Improving Results with Field Search. Using Advanced Search. Customizing AltaVista.

6. Google.

The Google Home Page. Searching with Google. Using Advanced Search. Customizing Google.

7. HotBot.

The HotBot Home Page. Searching with HotBot. Improving Results with Field Search. Customizing HotBot.

8. Lycos.

The Lycos Home Page. Searching with Lycos. Using Advanced Search. Customizing Lycos.

9. Northern Light.

The Northern Light Home Page. Searching with Northern Light. Improving Results with Field Search. Customizing Northern Light.

10. Yahoo!

The Yahoo Home Page. Searching with Yahoo. Using Advanced Search. Using Yahoo's Web Directory. Customizing Yahoo.


11. AOL Search.

The AOL Search Home Page. Searching with AOL Search.

12. Excite.

The Excite Home Page. Searching with Excite.

13. MSN Search.

The MSN Search Home Page. Searching with MSN Search.

14. Netscape Search.

The Netscape Search Home Page. Searching with Netscape Search.


15. Deja for Newsgroup Searches.

Understanding Newsgroup Searches. Searching Newsgroups.

16. Topica for Mailing List Searches.

Searching for Mailing Lists.

17. Argus Clearinghouse Subject Guides.

Finding Subject Guides.

18. Infospace People-Finding Tools.

Finding E-mail Addresses. Finding Phone Numbers and Addresses.

19. Zip2 for Business Searches.

Finding Businesses with Zip2.

20. Other Search Tools from A to Z. CDNOW. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CNET Consumer World. CuisineNet Menus Online. Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides. Electric Library. Encyclopedia Britannica. Epicurious Food. Expedia Travel Information. FedEx Package Tracking. FindLaw Legal Resources. FirstGov. Information Please Almanacs. Internet Movie Database. MapQuest. Microsoft Product Support Services. Monster Career Center. New York Times Book Review. Parent Soup. Peterson's Education & Career Center. Project Gutenberg E-Texts. Tax Forms and Information. TV Guide Online. UPS Package Tracking. Wall Street Journal Online. ZDNet Computer Information. Zip Code Lookups.

Appendix A: Search Engines Quick Reference.

AltaVista. AOL Search. Argus Clearinghouse. Deja. Excite. Google. HotBot. InfoSpace. Lycos. MSN Search. Netscape Search. Northern Light. Topica. Yahoo. Zip2.

Appendix B: Internet Domains and Country Codes.

Appendix C: Usenet Newsgroup Hierarchies.

Appendix D: Web Searcher's Toolkit.

Essential Tools for Windows Users. Essential Tools for Macintosh Users.


Features Comparison Chart.

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