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The Internet searcher's handbook : locating information, people & software
Morville, Peter.
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Second edition / revised by GraceAnne A. De Candido.
Publication Information:
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [1999]

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xxi, 172 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Completely revised and expanded, this new edition of the highly acclaimed Internet Searcher's Handbook is ideal for reference librarians, students, and researchers of any kind. The authors provide a step-by-step tutorial for resource discovery on the Internet to help novice or advanced users conduct comprehensive research and find answers to quick reference queries. The Handbook offers in-depth coverage on all useful and usable resources, including virtual libraries, digital resources, bots and intelligent agents, metadata, search engines, web guides, online communities, virtual libraries, Internet directories, and Internet search tools. Numerous quick reference charts for all the major search engines and directories will save hours of frustrating search time and help any reader streamline the searching process.

Author Notes

GraceAnne A. DeCandido, M.L.S., is a writer, teacher, speaker, and consultant in her own company, Blue Roses Editorial and Web Consulting in New York City
Robert DeCandido is a specialist in digitizing and preservation at the New York Public Library (NYPL)
Joseph Janes is at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington and is founding director of the Internet Public Library
Peter Morville is vice president of Argus Associates an information architecture consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lou Rosenfeld is president and co-founder of Argus Associates, an information architecture consulting firm
Sara Ryan is a librarian with the Multnomah County Library School Corps in Portland, Oregon
Steve Ruddy is Web coordinator of the New York Public Library (Research Libraries)
Stephanie Walker is the director of Directory Services for Galaxy and Health Wave
W. Frederick Zimmerman is editor and publisher of the Internet Book Information Center

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

"This book is intended to provide the searcher with an understanding of the principles of online searching and detailed knowledge of the current tools for Internet information retrieval." So it begins with an introduction to the basics of online searching, including Boolean logic and proximity and adjacency searching, and discusses how these principles can be applied in searching the Internet. Potential real-life scenarios of how the Internet can be used as a research aid to answer reference questions are provided. The book then examines specific Internet search tools and resources, virtual libraries, and Internet directories. As the authors wisely point out, Internet tools and resources can quickly become outdated. Thus the authors have developed an "Internet Searching Center," a web site of pointers to all the tools and resources discussed in the book, which can be updated and enhanced as needed. Because of the "Internet Searching Center," and the generally unvarying basic principles of online searching, this is one computer book whose information will long outlive that of other computer books. This can be attributed to the background and experience of the authors. Their credits range from editing The Internet Compendium (LJ 12/95), to library school professor and research scientist. Recommended for interested readers.‘Kathleen Low, California State Lib., Sacramento (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Although the appearance of yet another Internet searcher's handbook is a source of surprise and perplexity, this collection of chapters by several contributors offers new and valuable elements that are outstanding. It would have been helpful had the table of contents named the authors of individual chapters. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 could be extracted to make a handy Web development resource, which brings in question the title's focus on Internet searchers. Chapter 3, "Metadata: What's It to You," by Robert DeCandido, explains lucidly the importance of the content of metadata and discusses thoroughly the function and use of SGML. Chapter 4, "Bots and Intelligent Agents," by Steve Ruddy, delves into the personal lives of robota as they roam the Web. Chapter 5, "Using the Internet for Research: Building Web Guides," by Peter Morville, revised by GraceAnne A. DeCandido, leads readers through the research process, resource guide development, and publicity/feedback/design. The remainder of the handbook contains standard information regarding the fundamentals of searching, along with descriptions of sites and search tools. All libraries. B. Cressman; Eastern Illinois University

Table of Contents

Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Searching Digital Resourcesp. 1
The Big Picture: Networked Information Resourcesp. 2
The Environment: Distributed and Dynamicp. 2
Net Resources versus Standard Commercial Resourcesp. 3
Work the System: Technique and Strategic Tipsp. 5
When to Use Whatp. 5
Preparing to Searchp. 6
Search Featuresp. 7
Truncationp. 7
Boolean Searchingp. 8
Adjacency, Ranking, and Phrasesp. 8
Fields and Contextp. 9
Advice for the Searchlornp. 10
Use the Most Direct Approachp. 10
Let Somebody Else Do the Workp. 10
Take Advantage of Full-Text Searching and Rankingp. 11
Find a Favorite, But Don't Get Too Attached to Itp. 11
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help, But Don't Expect Miraclesp. 11
What Will This Chapter Look Like in the Third Edition of This Book?p. 12
Chapter 2 Using the Web to Answer Reference Questionsp. 13
The Lay of the Landp. 13
Internet Domainsp. 14
.comp. 14
.edup. 15
k12p. 15
.orgp. 15
.govp. 15
.milp. 16
.netp. 15
Country Codesp. 15
Tildep. 16
Knowing What to Look Forp. 19
What Was That Masked Search Tool?p. 21
How Do You Keep Track of All This?p. 24
More Toolsp. 24
whatis.comp. 24
Ask A+ Locatorp. 27
Two Tools for Searching Non-Web-Based Internet Contentp. 30
deja.comp. 30
Lisztp. 33
Want More E-Mail?p. 36
Chapter 3 Metadata: What's It to You?p. 37
Metadata: What It Is and Why We Need Itp. 37
The Dublin Corep. 38
How It Will Be Usedp. 41
SGML: What It Is and Why We Need Itp. 42
Using and Searching SGML Resourcesp. 44
Finding Aids Onlinep. 45
Electronic Textsp. 46
Searching SGMLp. 46
In the Sweet By-and-Byp. 49
Chapter 4 Bots and Intelligent Agentsp. 51
Shopbotsp. 52
Newsbotsp. 54
Link Checkersp. 54
Bot Exclusionp. 55
Agentsp. 55
Chapter 5 Using the Internet for Research: Building Web Guidesp. 59
The Research Processp. 61
Selecting a Topicp. 62
Virtual Librariesp. 63
Internet Directoriesp. 63
Search Engines for Finding Information, Software, and Peoplep. 64
Developing an Internet Resource Guidep. 68
What Is an Internet Resource Guide?p. 68
The Design Processp. 69
Publicity, Feedback, and Redesignp. 71
Chapter 6 Online Communities as Tools for Research and Referencep. 73
Communities in General: A Two-Way Streetp. 73
The Online Communityp. 74
Why Use Online Communities?p. 74
When to Use Online Communitiesp. 75
What to Look for in an Online Communityp. 77
Common Tools for Online Communitiesp. 78
Electronic Mailing Listsp. 78
Usenet Newsgroupsp. 79
Newsgroups, Listservs, Spam, and Adsp. 80
How to Ask Your Questionp. 80
Chapter 7 Virtual Librariesp. 83
Searching Tipsp. 84
Considerations for the Futurep. 84
A Former Developer's Perspective: William F. Zimmermanp. 84
Argus and the Internet Public Libraryp. 86
Argus Clearinghousep. 87
Internet Public Libraryp. 91
Magellan Internet Directoryp. 95
World Wide Web Virtual Libraryp. 99
About.comp. 102
Chapter 8 Internet Directoriesp. 107
Searching Tipsp. 108
A Developer's Perspective: Stephanie Walkerp. 109
Galaxyp. 112
Yahoo!p. 116
Librarian's Index to the Internetp. 118
Chapter 9 Internet Search Tools: A Brief Listing of Places to Startp. 123
Searching Tipsp. 125
Considerations for the Futurep. 125
Starting Herep. 126
AltaVistap. 127
Ask Jeevesp. 129
Dogpilep. 131
Excitep. 132
HotBotp. 134
Infoseekp. 136
Lycosp. 138
Northern Lightp. 140
Other Sites with Handy Toolsp. 142
Googlep. 142
Metacrawlerp. 143
Inter-Linksp. 144
InferenceFindp. 145
Searching for FAQ or Mailing List Informationp. 146
FAQ Archivesp. 146
PAMLp. 147
Directory of Scholarly and Professional E-Conferencesp. 148
Chapter 10 Web Rings, GIS, and a Few Closing Thoughtsp. 149
Web Ringsp. 149
GISp. 150
But Is What You Found Any Good?p. 152
It's Never the Last Wordp. 154
Appendix Find it Quick: Sites Featured in The Internet Searcher's Handbookp. 155
About the Contributorsp. 165
Indexp. 169