The extreme searcher's guide to Web search engines : a handbook for the serious searcher /

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Author / Creator:Hock, Randolph, 1944-
Imprint:Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books, c1999.
Description:xxiii, 212 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Web search engines.
Web search engines.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:Web search engines
ISBN:0910965382 (hardcover)
0910965269 (pbk.)
Notes:Includes index.
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Professional researcher? Student? Businessperson? Whatever your Internet search needs, the second edition of Hock's book (1st ed., CH, Dec'99) is essential reading. Hock provides insight into how search engines can be used to gather specific information. He gives a very interesting history of search engines, then discusses common searching options (e.g., Boolean logic, nesting capabilities, truncation, phrase and proximity searching) with a detailed table showing field searching using different search engines. The book is full of helpful screen images, a thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating of various aspects of each search engine, and a summary of each chapter. The book's chapters describe eight of the most popular search engines, giving an overview, discussing what happens behind the scenes, and describing search features, result pages, special options, and more. Metasearch tools are described and discussed. The Extreme Searchers Web Page is dedicated to what's new and what has changed in the Web search engine world. Recommended for students, librarians, and professional researchers. V. L. Thompson University of South Carolina--Spartanburg

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