The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See (A Cyberage Book) Paperback – 1 Sep 2001
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Gary Price is a reference librarian at George Washington University. He lives in Vienna, Virginia. Chris Sherman is the director of the guide to Web searching on About.com and president of Searchwise, a consulting firm. He is the author of the "CD-ROM Handbook" and a frequent contributor to "Online" magazine. He lives in Los Angeles. Danny Sullivan works for SearchEngineWatch.com.
Top Customer Reviews
there was a book that sold itself on the basis of the authors'
reputation, this is it..But I'm here to tell you that this book surpasses these elevated
expectations, mainly because it does what books do best: it provides
history, context, and lengthy explanations of the whys and wherefores.
It provides annotated descriptions of invisible web sites and
databases as well, but most importantly it takes the bits and pieces
of advice both men have offered in many columns, articles, and
speeches and integrates them into one seamless package.
The authors explain how search engines work and why they fail to find
answers available on the Invisible Web. They point out what we know
and our students do not: some answers are not on the web at all, or
likely ever to be; bless their hearts, they even tell readers that
sometimes the only way to get their answers is in a good library,
aided by a good librarian.
They teach readers the advantages and drawbacks of general and focused
search engines, directories, and other search tools. They explain how
to recognize when you might need an invisible web site, and ways of
finding an appropriate one.
The authors are gifted explainers who never lapse into unintelligible
jargon even when explaining the technical underpinnings of search
systems, which means that their book is just as accessible to casual
users as to information professionals; anyone teaching courses in
Internet searching or information literacy should consider using it as
Throughout the book, the authors make all their points concrete,
illustrating them with real life search problems.Read more ›
While a considerable amount of the web-based information is hidden under the shade of the Invisible Web, the issue of invisibility has remained still invisible in the majority of related literature. On the other hand, the Invisible Web is a considerable factor, which reduces the information accessibility on the online environment. Consequently, publishing a book dedicating to this subject is remarkable and is useful for the Internet users.
As the title of the book shows clearly, its main theme is about invisible web or the part of the Web, which is not accessible through the general-purpose search engines. The book is divided into two major parts including: Revealing the Invisible Web in eight chapters and The Invisible Web Directory in nineteen chapters.
In the beginning chapters, it provides the reader with concise but very useful information about the Internet and Web in general and various kinds of search tools in particular. Information seeking on the visible Web and specialised search tools are two profound chapters of the book introducing the mechanism and associated issues of general-purpose search engines and some other existing search facilities on the Web.
Then the book explains what is the concept of invisibility on the Web and why it exists. It follows by illustrating four different kinds of invisibility. It also takes a look to the future of this area by mentioning some topics such as smarter crawlers and delving into databases.
The second part of the book provides the reader with a directory of Invisible Web categorised by subject.
In general, I believe that it is a useful source in this issue and appropriate for anybody who is interested to be familiar with the invisible Web and uses the invisible resources on the Web.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book is from 2001. No new editions, that I know of.
There is useful information within, but what may have been enlightening at the beginning of this decade is common knowledge today. Good references. Great book for its time. Well written.
But even the books own websites are closed.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Computing & Internet > Computer Science > Information Systems
- Books > Computing & Internet > Databases > Data Storage & Management
- Books > Computing & Internet > Digital Lifestyle > Online Shopping > Amazon
- Books > Computing & Internet > Networking & Security > Network Topics
- Books > Computing & Internet > Web Development
- Books > Reference > Directories
- Books > Reference > Library & Information Sciences
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Communication Studies