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Internet Research, 6th Edition (Illustrated ) 6th Edition

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UNIT A: SEARCHING THE INTERNET EFFECTIVELY. Understanding Internet Search Tools. Creating an Internet Research Strategy. Performing a Basic Search. Adding Keywords. Phrase Searching. Understanding Evaluative Criteria. Evaluating Web Pages. Citing Online Resources. UNIT B: CONSTRUCTING COMPLEX SEARCHES. Understanding Boolean Operators. Narrowing the Search with the AND Operator. Expanding the Search with the OR Operator. Restricting Queries with the AND NOT Operator. Use Multiple Boolean Operators. Searching with Filters. Combining Boolean Operators and Filters. Using Advanced Search Operators. Using Metasearch Engines.

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Donald I. Barker has authored, coauthored, and contributed to 40 cutting-edge and best-selling textbooks on subjects ranging from computer operating systems and expert systems to Internet research and social media marketing. Mr. Barker holds an M.B.A. from Eastern Washington University. As an assistant professor of information systems at Gonzaga University, he was honored with the Best Theoretical Paper Award by the International Business Schools Computer Users Group Annual North American Conference. He also received several Jepson Scholarship Awards for notable publications in the field of artificial intelligence. As senior editor of PC AI Magazine, he wrote popular columns for the magazine and BotSpot.com. For more information about Mr. Barker, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/donaldibarker.

Melissa S. Barker is a digital marketing consultant and public speaker, currently working with Jive Software, Puppet Labs, and Gates NextGen Open Source Courseware Grant. She has coauthored five textbooks, including the best-selling Internet Research Illustrated. In 2010, she created the first accredited social media marketing certificate in Washington State. She teaches search and social media marketing, as well as other related courses at Spokane Falls Community College. Melissa holds a B.A. in public relations and advertising from Gonzaga University, and an M.B.A. from Willamette University (expected in 2016). She has held key roles in digital marketing management at Siber Systems, Own Point of Sale, Integra Telecom, Jive Software, and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Melissa has become a recognized authority on LinkedIn, and a sought-after speaker at conferences, such as InnoTech and ITEXPO. For more information, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/melissasbarker.

Ms. Katherine Pinard has more than 20 years of experience writing and editing books about computer concepts, applications, and technology. She has co-authored or contributed to ten successful books published by Cengage Learning and has edited more than 50 titles for the company.
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  • Series: Illustrated
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 6 edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133190383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133190387
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I stumbled into textbook authoring out of necessity. Two decades ago, I wanted to teach people how to use personal computers to improve business productivity but couldn't find anyone publishing instructional material on the subject. So, I got sucked into creating it myself.

It turned out I had a knack for writing tutorial-style textbooks about computer technology. To my amazement, I somehow found the energy and time to author thirty-two textbooks, contribute to four others, and write dozens of technical articles for a variety of top journals and magazines, such as MIT's Technology Review, PC AI Magazine, and the Industry Standard.

Human-computer interaction fascinates me. Advances, such as electronic spreadsheets, expert systems, and graphical user interfaces, drove my early work. When personal computers first arrived on the scene, productivity software was rare and expensive. To provide students with the opportunity to learn to use these amazing programs, I pioneered the inclusion of free limited versions of software with textbooks.

I also came to understand the difference between "learning" and "teaching." The most effective way to learn software is to have students construct cumulative projects, which requires them to build upon what they have learned. All my textbooks focus on this "learning by making" (constructionism) pedagogy, which enables students to master complex computer skills easily and quickly.

My interest in artificial intelligence led to author the first textbook on expert systems development, and coauthor an award winning theoretical paper detailing the breakthroughs in this book regarding knowledge acquisition techniques. Soon after, I coauthored the first textbook about how to persuasively display business data graphically with a personal computer.

When Microsoft shipped Windows 3, it became clear that this graphical user interface (GUI) would change the way people interacted with personal computers. As a consequence, I wrote the first textbook on how to use Windows, with the 3.1 edition becoming a bestseller. The Windows textbook broke new ground in its extensive use of screenshots as reference points for students. I used this approach to spawn an entire series of textbooks featuring Windows-based productivity software. Taken together, these texts taught literally hundreds of thousands of students how to effectively and efficiently use personal computers with the Windows' GUI.

With advent of the Web, it occurred to me that "melding" the static nature of paper-based textbooks with the dynamic digital content of the Web offered the ideal means to deliver the most up-to-date learning experience possible. Thus, the hybrid college textbook was born. The first textbook to benefit from this fusion of paper and digital featured Netscape Navigator 1.0. I designed a Student Online Companion to work in concert with the book, thus, ensuring that as the Web evolved, so would the book. In a related vein, I invented the first Web-based instructor manual to accompany this textbook. Its decedents have saved textbook publishers millions in production and printing costs (--if only I had patented that invention! ;-).

After a decade of teaching and research at Gonzaga University, I left the life of professorship to write and teach online. Today, I teach a variety of online business courses and continue to author popular textbooks about intelligent Internet research tools and other emerging technologies.

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I'm sure it was fine in 2012. But if your school (like mine) is still using it, be prepared for a lot of outdated information. But that's the school's fault, not the book's. But if you've been using the internet for a while, most of this info is useless.
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Internet Research was very convenient for my course. It was self explanatory and easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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I used this book for my Internet Research Class and it was very helpful in giving me the exact information I needed!
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I learned a lot from the Internet Research book I still find myself going through it and trying to learn more.
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