Aug 2013 | 288pp
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The highly anticipated new edition of Phil Bradley’s essential guide to internet search (formerly titled The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook) is here. This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before.
Since the last edition was published internet search has changed dramatically, with both the amount of information to be found online and the diversity of tools to unlock it expanding exponentially. This new edition, rewritten from scratch, gives readers the information and guidance they need to choose the right search tools and strategies for each information need. From searching social media effectively to tracking down an expert or a news story, and from searching by image to searching multimedia, Bradley introduces the best search engines and tools and explains how to get the most out of them. Whether you are a casual searcher or an expert information retriever, you will find information on a wide variety of search engines that you’ve never tried before and lists of tools and resources that will make you an even better searcher than you already are.
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Readership: This book will be an invaluable guide for anyone searching the internet for information, whether you are taking your first steps or are becoming more expert. Those teaching others how to search the internet efficiently will find suggestions and strategies and an eloquent rebuttal of the claim that ‘it’s all on Google’.
1. An introduction to the internet
2. An introduction to search engines
3. The Google experience
4. Other free-text search engines
5. Directory- and category-based search engines
6. Multi- and meta-search engines
7. Social media search engines
8. Visual searching
9. Finding people
10. People-based resources
11. Academic and other specialized search engines
12. News-based search engines
13. Multimedia search engines
14. Hints and tips on better searching with sample search examples
15. Search utilities and resources to make life easier
16. The future of search
"Students think they know how to search. You know it’s far more complex than they know. No matter how skilled you are, the latest edition of Phil Bradley’s Expert Internet Searching needs to be on your professional shelf. Most of you are familiar with different types of search engines including meta-search, and deep web search engines, but he goes even further with social media search engines and more. Bradley devotes a full chapter to the ins and outs of searching Google with other chapters on Visual Searching, Finding People, and Multimedia Search Engines. He details strengths and weaknesses of various search engines and intersperses short “Did you know?”’ boxes. His final chapters deal with Hints and tips for better searching with sample search examples, Search utilities and resources to make life easier, and The future of search. The index is a guide in itself to the realms beyond Google."
- The School Librarian's Workshop
"Competency - an attribute articulated in many information professional guidelines - is the Holy Grail that Phil Bradley's Expert Internet Searching offers its readers. While technology helps many of us earn our living, mastering search using Internet tools allows us to work more effectively and efficiently. Knowing the best resources to choose and how to use them effectively saves all of us time. Whether your focus is personal research or delivering awesome training, this book can contribute mightily to your success...Expert Internet Searching is a book that, if found on your bookshelf, may display worn page corners and multiple coffee stains from constant reference."
- Learned Publishing
"Whether you are an advanced searcher wanting more options or a beginner just venturing out into the world of search engines, this book covers it. The book is definitely worth a read to make sense of the complexities for searching the world of social media and Google."
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries