The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See Kindle Edition
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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.
The first part describes the strengths and weaknesses of search engines as tools for finding information on the World Wide Web and provides a good overview of the technical and business limitations that lead to the weaknesses. At the same time, the authors also provide a high-level explanation of how search engines operate and a comprehensive explanation of what types of resources are left out of search engine indexes. Although this section is a bit repetitive, it also stands as the best explanation I have encountered on the subject of Web resource accessibility (and inaccessibility) through the popular tools that searchers have at their disposal.
The second part provides a list of Invisible Web resources (resources that can not be indexed by search engines), organized by subject, with annotations. I personally did not find this list comprehensive, but it is a good place to start for those who have previously relied solely on search engines and directories for Web searching.
If you want to understand what resources are just beyond the grasp of search engines, and get a hand on them yourself, "The Invisible Web" is a great book to get you started.
Note: some of the URL's sited in the second part of the book are now gone. This is not a criticism of the book, but a reflection of the ever-changing nature of the Web.
However, just learning the catch phrase "Invisible Web" will serve you well enough. Do a google search on that term in quotes and you will find dozens of fantastic articles online, providing the updated information and an amazing number of resources and Invisible Web search engines.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not very informative. Mostly a collection of websites that may or may not be of use
in finding information, and a lot of commercial sites that use "Free" as a come... Read more
Extremely well written. Lots of information about the "invisible web".Published 21 months ago by Blue Chimera
This book is excellent. It is filled with information that you cannot get anywhere else about the Web and how to excess all the "hidden 3/4" of the Web hardly anyone knows is... Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Jack Flash
This is an excellent book if you are heavily into the search process. It begins with a basic understanding of the internet, the web and how search engines work. Read morePublished on January 25, 2008 by Dayne Sheets
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