The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
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About the Author
Randolph Hock teaches customized courses on how to use the internet effectively through his company, Online Strategies. He is the author of The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines, The Traveler’s Web, and Yahoo! to the Max. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937290026
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937290023
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.76 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : CyberAge Books; Fourth Edition, Fourth edition (February 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most people don't know how to unleash the full power of the ubiquitous Google. Read this and you'll learn how to use Google the way the pros do and greatly enhance your search skills. Hock will introduce you to specialty search engines you never heard of and will be thankful to Hock for letting you know about them.
Beyond search engines, Hock instructs about services that many people not be familiar with such as UseNet, still one of the most powerful ways to get esoteric technical information, forums, groups and so on. Along the way, Hock dispenses nuggets of internet history which many people - sadly - aren't aware of.
The only grievous error I found was Hock's choices of recommended news sources. Each of those Hock recommends has been criticized for biased and incomplete reportage and in three cases has been shown to be fabricating stories, photos and even video in order to shape public opinion. I think Hock should have included more sources so the reader would be introduced to a wider range of viewpoints.
Shopping and price comparison sites, news aggregators, blogs and more are covered. There are quite a few specialty sites that I was glad to learn about. Amazingly, Hock doesn't treat any of these in a completely superficial manner. In each case, he provides at least the basic information about what the resource provides and how to use it.
For any researcher using the internet, this is a must-have book.
But then I grew up in the early days of the net when search engines were still rather primitive and you really had to have some knowledge of Boolean Logic and Logic Strings to find anything. Not so much now with Google being pretty much idiot-proof.
For the advanced web user, there is still some useful information in the book. Plus, it is a quick read, so Why Not?