- Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Pr; 2 edition (November 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201353857
- ISBN-13: 978-0201353853
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,680,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Search Engines for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guide) 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Users can learn about relative strengths and weaknesses spending a great deal of time using each engine, or they can simply buy Search Engines for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide for clear, step-by-step, up-to-date chapters on each of the most popular Web search engines: AltaVista, Excite, HotBot, InfoSeek, Lycos, WebCrawler, and Yahoo! It also shows the reader how to quickly find particular people or companies via other search tools such as Four11, BigBook, and Big Yellow.
About the Author
Emily and Alfred Glossbrenner have written several books together including The Complete Modem Handbook (MIS Press, 1995), Making Money on the Internet (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and Internet Slick Tricks (Random House, 1994).
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I also liked the chapter of the book that discussed "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Web searchers." Among them being to "use the best tool for the job" (the best search engine for your specific search as there as numerous specific search engiens available), choosing unique keywords, and to use multiple search engines (to increase your chances of finding what you want, especially if your search involves a seemingly obscure topic). Sometimes "metasearch engines" can be helpful as well.
The book concentrates on what it considers the "Big Six Search Engines:" AltaVista, Google, HotBot, Lycos, Northern Light, and Yahoo. Each of these engines have specific chapters devoted to them which explain in step by step instructions how to do a basic search and advanced search to narrow your specific search. There are also "quick-reference tables" for basic and advanced searches for each of these engines.
Subsequent chapters touch upon other search engines, like Excite, Nestcape Search, and "specialized engines, like Deja (now owned by Google), Topica, and a Business search engine called Zip2. The last chapter discusses still more specialized search engines. I never knew so many of them existed!
A very informative book for anyone who "surfs the Web" looking for specific information.
Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner have written Search Engines for the World Wide Web to offer members of the online community with valuable insight on how to make more productive use of the most popular and powerful search engines in use today. Search engines have been designed to allow users to enter specific search criteria such as names, dates, places, titles, ISBN numbers, data strings, and so on, to turn up a number of matching entries. The authors provide detailed information about the most commonly used search engines, including AltaVista, Deja News, Excite, Hotbot, Infoseek, Lycos, and Yahoo. They will provide readers with the knowledge they need to select and use the ones that are right for them!
Readers are walked through the use of each search engine in a concise and straightforward manner. Often ignored advanced search features are covered so that readers can appreciate the full potential use of each powerful search tool they have access to. Screenshots of each search engine site and fill-in form are provided to make data entry a relatively easy process. The authors discuss a number of basic search tool methods, tips, and techniques readers will find useful as well. A chapter covering 25 specialized search engines and a fold-out quick reference guide at the back of the book provides quick access to useful online information.
Readers should appreciate the fact that this book deals exclusively with the use of search engines. There is no need for them to thumb through larger books to find the specific information they are looking for. The material in this book has been clearly presented. Readers will have no trouble at all following the instruction provided. The use of this book will result in a more effective and disciplined use of the information superhighway for whatever purpose they have in mind. Brush up on your own search skills. Make use of this book today! Highly recommended!