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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Facet Publishing; 4Rev Ed edition (20 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856046052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856046053
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,121,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

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This title helps experienced users get more out of the 'net.
The book is designed to assist experienced users get much more out of the Internet. It explains exactly how search engines work, how, when and why to use particular engines. It also covers intelligent agents, virtual libraries, mailing lists, newsgroups, hints and tips for better searching. It is written for anyone who wants to become a better and more effective searcher. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
If all you've ever used is Yahoo or Altavista, you've probably not found all that you might, or as efficiently as you might. This book guides you through the multitude of ways of finding web-based info. It's written in a comfortable, easily read English without jargon and with loads of useful links to search sites around the world. No serious browser should be without it.
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goes far beyond simple searching 6 Aug 2005
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book goes beyond the performing of a simple search query at Yahoo, Google or other search engines. For example, Bradley offers suggestions regarding finding information about people on the net. Helping you craft more directed queries to the search engines, for example.

Plus, he explains how there is still a lot of information not accessed by the search engines. Commonly called the hidden web. [Think Lexis/Nexis or the Science Citation Index.] Typically you can get paid access. His advice is useful in explaining the existence of several large commercial caches, and how you might get to them.

Then, he also talks about meta search engines. That take a query and spin it out to various actual search engines, and collate the results for you. Very useful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An objective viewpoint about how to find information 28 Feb 2007
By Sandro Saitta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First of all, I should say that I really enjoyed reading this book. It is written in an informal way, which is really nice for people whose mother language is not English (like me). When you read this book, you feel like Phil Bradley is speaking to you personally and it's a real pleasure.

Basically, The advanced internet searcher's handbook shows you how to get information from the web with simple and clear examples. The book covers nearly all kind of research on the internet. The main ideas that come out of this reading could be summarized in one sentence: Don't trust a unique web engine and keep checking information with other sources of information. The book clearly shows the drawbacks of search engines such as Google. For example, a whole chapter is dedicated to the hidden web (not accessible to Google).

I conclude by saying that this book widely covers basics of search engine (the advanced in the title is certainly too much) and has very interesting chapters about weblogs, mailing lists and newsgroup. To my mind, the chapters about finding people and search tips are useless (straightforward). Finally, the author is a librarian, not a computer scientist. Therefore, the "how to find information" aspect is very nice, but the "how to use the web" is often less interesting (e.g. the finding people chapter).
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