Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook

January 2010, Number 111

If you find value in this newsletter, you’ll want this book. The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook by Ran Hock will come out in its 3rd edition later this month. We strongly recommend that you obtain a copy sooner rather than later. Information Update readers, among other things, want to keep up on what’s new in internet searching and to become better searchers. As Marydee Ojala says in the foreword, this book “exposes you to the nuances, advanced techniques, and attitude of extreme searchers.” We want that.

Author Randolph Hock divides his time between teaching people how to search the internet and writing about how to search the internet. This is a man who knows whereof he speaks. Hock describes the book as an aid to exploring the nooks and crannies of the internet. He covers the background characteristics, content, and searchability of the internet, including an in-depth look at the differences between the various search engines. He explains how to take advantage of discussion groups and forums; how to find images, audio, and video; how to find product information and news; and options for becoming part of the web through publishing your own content.

The book includes a glossary and over 20 pages of links to sources mentioned.

Just to give you an idea of why you need this book, I’ll give one tiny highlight from each chapter.

Chapter 1 – Basics for the Serious Searcher – “If you are looking for full-text articles from journals or magazines written several years ago, you are not likely to find them free on the internet…” (page 18)

Chapter 2 – Directories and Portals – “INFOMINE – infomine.ucr.edu A well-organized, categorized, and searchable collection of more than 100,000 links…, this directory is specialized in that it focuses on ‘scholarly’ internet sources.” (page 46)

Chapter 3 – Search Engines: The Basics – “It is important to recognize that no single search engine covers everything. Due to differences in crawling, indexing, and other factors, each engine’s database includes and delivers web pages that the others do not.” (page 70)

Chapter 4 – Search Engines: The Specifics – Table 4.1 Major Search Engines Features. Search engines include Ask.com, Bing, Google, and Yahoo! (page 128). Features include Boolean, Stemming, Title Field search capability, URL field, language, and more. Trust me, this is just the kind of information that leads to proficient searching.

Chapter 5 – Discussion Groups, Forums, Newsgroups, and Their Relatives – “These resources can be essential when you need to see the subjective side of something – politics, travel, products, people, technology – anything where opinions can be helpful
(page 137).

Chapter 6 – An Internet Reference Shelf – This chapter contains links to over 70 resources we can all use to find quick answers in encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, quotations, historical documents, and much more.

Chapter 7 – Sights and Sounds: Finding Images, Audio, and Video – “When searching for images, start by limiting your query to one or two words.” (page 199)

Chapter 8 – News Resources – How to find news on the web will depend upon whether you seek breaking news, older stories, or want to be kept up-to-date automatically on a topic. (page 226)

Chapter 9 – Finding Products Online – Look here for information on company catalogs, online malls, classifieds, price comparison sites, auction sites, product and merchant evaluation sites, and consumer rights sites. (page 249)

Chapter 10 – Your Own Place on the Web: Participating and Publishing – Tweets posted to Twitter “can be searched at search.twitter.com, and there you will find a link to an advanced search page…” (page 271)

The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Hnadbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher, 3rd edition by Randolph Hock, published by CyberAge Books, Medford NJ is available for $24.95/$27.95 Canada from better bookstores or by ordering direct from the publisher:(800)300-9868; custserv@infotoday.com; www.infotoday.com.

Notes, News, and Announcements

Sometimes the best information comes from a presentation that someone else has created. Next time you want to search for slide decks, try these three sites.

Docstoc http://www.docstoc.com/ – Search by language and by file type. File types include ppt, pdf, doc, xls, rich text, or plain text.

Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/ – Search by language; upload your own slides.

SlideFinder http://www.slidefinder.net – Search by language; search in title, text, or notes; search by keywords or site.