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Effective Internet Search: About the Book

Book Overview

The unique approach to structuring the book allows us to discuss the topic in a way that is independent of any one search tool or engine. Numerous examples are given along with the explanation of concepts. However, most of the details of particular featured search engines are presented in a longer section of the book, our Reference Manual. In the latter, each featured search engine is treated in a homogeneous fashion, side by side with other featured engines. This allows for ease of comparison with respect to each kind of search engine capability (feature). [Click here for a more conceptual explanation of the architecture involved.]

A Features Control Center stands between the concepts with examples and the Reference Manual parts of the book. This Features Control Center is particularly useful when the book is used in its electronic format. That's because it provides a hub from which it is possible to hyperlink between concepts and implementation details. This "star topology" network of hyperlinks is supplemented by two "peer-to-peer topology" networks:
We have restyled the book such that, as of August, 2005, it has the look-and-feel of a conventional printed book, but without sacrificing any of the benefits of the e-book format.

  • One of these goes directly and bi-directionally between each concept and its corresponding implementation description for each featured search engine.

  • Another, allows you to navigate back and forth between corresponding search engine capabilities, as well as between related capabilities of the same search engine.

To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your Internet searches, key concepts will be explored in each chapter. Information is arranged sequentially, with one concept building on the next.

Following is an outline of the book contents structure. For more details, see the Table of Contents page.

  1. Book chapters

Each chapter contains unique content, summarized below.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Searching
  • Evolution of the Internet and the Web.
  • Introduction to search engines featured in this book.
  • Fundamental principles of how all search engines work.
Chapter 2: Search Tools & Strategies
  • Explanation of different kinds of search engines.
  • A simple step-by-step search strategy.
  • Tips to solve typical search problems.

Chapter 3: Search Entry Basics

  • Introduction to parameters.
  • Use of parameters for effective searches.
  • Features common to most search engine interfaces.
  • Basic types of search entry interfaces.
Chapter 4: Sample Search Projects
  • Application of search techniques to real-life search problems.
  • Practical mini-courses on the use of numerous search engines and the meta search utility, Copernic.
  • Differences in search engine databases and subsequent search results produced.
  • Superiority of particular engines for conducting certain kinds of searches.
  • Quirks, technical problems and software bugs in search engines, and how to investigate and, hopefully, solve them.
Chapter 5: More Search Interfaces

User interface features to handle:

  • Specialized search requirements entry.
  • Findings display.
  • Findings handling.
  • Search support tools.
Chapter 6: Advanced Search Options

Advanced searching techniques, particularly the effective use of parameters and filters for various search engine interfaces including:

  • Term-based filters.
  • Metadata-based filters.
  • Parameters to display and handle search results.
  • Parameters to customize search engine user preferences.
  1. Features control center

A powerful electronic template of search engine features to help you:

  • Evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of various search engines.
  • Experiment with summary, multi-level matrices of comparative search engine features.
  • Explore cross-links between Chapters 3, 5, and 6 and their related Reference Manual sections, examining the pattern of search engine features in varying levels of detail.

Refer to the "Search Engine Features Control Center" page on this website for more details.

  1. Reference manual: Search engine features

The Reference Manual serves a vital role in this book, and makes up more than half of the book content.  Hyperlinks to chapters help enhance book content and form a handy and comprehensive reference manual.

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Effective Internet Search: E-Searching Made Easy!     Baylin Systems, Inc., 2006