Expert Internet Searching, 4th edition

Aug 2013 | 288pp

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Expert Internet Searching, 4th edition

Phil Bradley

The highly anticipated new edition of Phil Bradley’s essential guide to internet search (formerly titled The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook) is here. This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before.

Since the last edition was published internet search has changed dramatically, with both the amount of information to be found online and the diversity of tools to unlock it expanding exponentially. This new edition, rewritten from scratch, gives readers the information and guidance they need to choose the right search tools and strategies for each information need. From searching social media effectively to tracking down an expert or a news story, and from searching by image to searching multimedia, Bradley introduces the best search engines and tools and explains how to get the most out of them. Whether you are a casual searcher or an expert information retriever, you will find information on a wide variety of search engines that you’ve never tried before and lists of tools and resources that will make you an even better searcher than you already are.

Key topics include:

  • An introduction to the internet
  • An introduction to search engines
  • The Google experience
  • Other free-text search engines
  • Directory- and category-based search engines
  • Multi- and meta-search engines
  • Social media search engines
  • Visual searching
  • Finding people
  • People-based resources
  • Academic and other specialized search engines
  • News-based search engines
  • Multimedia search engines   
  • Sample searches with hints and tips on better searching
  • Search utilities and resources to make life easier
  • The future of search.  

Readership: This book will be an invaluable guide for anyone searching the internet for information, whether you are taking your first steps or are becoming more expert. Those teaching others how to search the internet efficiently will find suggestions and strategies and an eloquent rebuttal of the claim that ‘it’s all on Google’.

1. An introduction to the internet

  • Introduction
  • An overview of the internet.
  • What the internet is and is not.
  • Search engines
  • Summary  

2. An introduction to search engines

  • Introduction
  • Free-text search engines
  • Index- or directory-based search engines
  • Multi- or meta-search engines
  • Visual search engines
  • Hidden, invisible or deep web search engines
  • Multimedia search engines
  • Social media search engines
  • Other search engines
  • Summary  

3. The Google experience

  • Introduction
  • The experience
  • Google search: the basics
  • Google search: some advanced search functions
  • Searching for file types
  • Search functionality via menu
  • Google’s Advanced Search functions
  • ‘One-trick ponies’
  • Google Knowledge Graph
  • Other Google search resources
  • Other interesting Google functionality.
  • The disadvantages of Google
  • Summary  

4. Other free-text search engines

  • Introduction
  • Bing
  • Yahoo! Search
  • Blekko
  • DuckDuckGo
  • Polyfetch
  • The Internet Archive or Wayback Machine
  • Exalead
  • Ask Jeeves
  • Other free-text search engine options  

5. Directory- and category-based search engines

  • Introduction
  • Background to directory-based search engines
  • Their advantages and disadvantages
  • The Yahoo! Directory
  • The Open Directory Project
  • Other directory-based search engines
  • Category-based search engines
  • Similarity search engines
  • Summary  

6. Multi- and meta-search engines

  • Introduction
  • Multi-search engines.
  • Meta-search engines
  • Multimedia multi-search engines
  • The hidden, invisible or deep web.
  • Summary

7. Social media search engines

  • Introduction
  • The difference between social media and other data
  • Engines to search for social media content
  • Twitter-specific search engines
  • Facebook Graph Search
  • Google+ search
  • Other subject-specific social search engines
  • Summary  

8. Visual searching

  • Introduction
  • Traditional search engines
  • Free-text visual search engines
  • Visual search engines
  • Image search engines
  • Summary

9. Finding people

  • Introduction
  • Standard search engines
  • E-mail search engines
  • People finders
  • Social media tools
  • Finding people you don’t know.
  • A search engine vanishing act
  • Summary  

10. People-based resources

  • Introduction
  • Wikipedia
  • Question-and-answer sites
  • Summary  

11. Academic and other specialized search engines

  • Introduction
  • Academic search engines
  • Search engines for children
  • Other specialized search engines
  • Summary  

12. News-based search engines

  • Introduction
  • General search engines
  • Specialized news search engines
  • Newspapers and traditional media resources
  • News curation tools
  • Summary  

13. Multimedia search engines

  • Introduction
  • Traditional search engines
  • Video-specific search engines
  • Educational video search engines
  • Other video search options
  • Audio search engines
  • Summary  

14. Hints and tips on better searching with sample search examples

  • Introduction
  • Hints and tips on better searching
  • Sample searches
  • Searching for unquantifiable information: tastes and interests
  • Other resources to test your searching skills
  • Summary  

15. Search utilities and resources to make life easier

  • Introduction
  • Browser-based tools
  • Guiding tools
  • RSS
  • Home or start pages
  • Other browser-based search options
  • Web page watchers
  • The rise of apps
  • Resources for further study  

16. The future of search

  • Introduction
  • The rise and rise of user-generated content
  • Currency and news
  • Where should we go?
  • Taking search with you
  • Through the eyes of search
  • Summary

"Students think they know how to search. You know it’s far more complex than they know. No matter how skilled you are, the latest edition of Phil Bradley’s Expert Internet Searching needs to be on your professional shelf. Most of you are familiar with different types of search engines including meta-search, and deep web search engines, but he goes even further with social media search engines and more. Bradley devotes a full chapter to the ins and outs of searching Google with other chapters on Visual Searching, Finding People, and Multimedia Search Engines. He details strengths and weaknesses of various search engines and intersperses short “Did you know?”’ boxes. His final chapters deal with Hints and tips for better searching with sample search examples, Search utilities and resources to make life easier, and The future of search. The index is a guide in itself to the realms beyond Google."
- The School Librarian's Workshop

"Competency - an attribute articulated in many information professional guidelines - is the Holy Grail that Phil Bradley's Expert Internet Searching offers its readers. While technology helps many of us earn our living, mastering search using Internet tools allows us to work more effectively and efficiently. Knowing the best resources to choose and how to use them effectively saves all of us time. Whether your focus is personal research or delivering awesome training, this book can contribute mightily to your success...Expert Internet Searching is a book that, if found on your bookshelf, may display worn page corners and multiple coffee stains from constant reference."
- Learned Publishing

"Whether you are an advanced searcher wanting more options or a beginner just venturing out into the world of search engines, this book covers it. The book is definitely worth a read to make sense of the complexities for searching the world of social media and Google."
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries

Phil Bradley is a renowned information specialist, internet consultant and conference speaker specialising in search. He has worked with a number of search engine companies to help them improve their products, and has a blog on internet search that is widely read. He teaches internet search and social media skills to librarians and information professionals both within the UK and abroad. He also writes a column in the CILIP Update magazine, and previous titles with Facet Publishing include How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library. Phil has been CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) President for 2012–13.