The Garage series is a new street smart series of books about technology built on the premise that technical books don't have to be boring, or be written in the impersonal voice of an all-powerful narrator. They are characterized by an edgy, fun, active-voice writing style and, rather than presenting a technology in a linear tutorial style, are organized into useful topics. They are irreverent, culturally rooted, and present each author's unique take on solving problems in a format meant to replicate the experience of searching the Internet for solutions.
About The Author Tara Calishain is the editor of ResearchBuzz, a weekly newsletter on Internet searching. She's also a regular columnist for SEARCHER and has written for a variety of other publications. Her author/co-author credits include Google Hacks and Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research.
Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. I.*INTRODUCTION TO WEB SEARCHING. 1. Search Engines. Full-Text Engines. Searchable Subject Indexes. The Next Step: A Search Engine Flyover. Google. Google's Non-Web Search Properties. Yahoo-http://directory.yahoo.com. 2. Other Search Engines. Other Engines. Keeping an Eye Out for New Search Engines. 3. Online Tools and Gadgets: Browsers & More. Browsers. Other Browsers to Consider. Which Browser Should I Use? Search Toolbars. Bookmarklets. Web-Based Gadgets. Client-Side Software for Internet Research. Some General Places to Get Software. II.*PRINCIPLES OF WEB SEARCHING. 4. The Principle of Unique Language. Understanding and Finding Unique Language for Your Searches. Using Unique Language in Your Searches. 5. The Principle of the Reinvented Wheel. Finding Friendly Communities. Searching Usenet. Finding Specialty Link Lists and Directories. Finding Voices. 6. The Principle of Onions. Searching for Lyrics. Searching for Technical Help. Searching for Dog Breed Information. Searching for Biographical Information for a Term Paper. 7. The Principle of Nicknames. People. Places. Things. 8. The Principle of Every Scrap. Your First Search and Your Next Searches. Organizing Your Scraps. Scraps to More Search? Putting Scraps on to Simmer. 9. The Principle of Mass Similar. Using Brand Names to Narrow Your Search. Finding Brand Names in the First Place. Using Google Search to Build Lists of Names. Getting Lists of Names When You Don't Even Have One. 10. The Principle of the World Beyond. The Commandments for the Questioner. Experts in Associations. Expert Lists. Finding Experts Using Google. 11. The Principle of the Expanding Web. News Sites. Search Engines. Specialty Pages. What Do You Do When You've Got 'Em? 12. The Principle of Applied Power. A Recap: What Are Special Syntaxes? Special Syntaxes on Full-Text Engines. Special Syntaxes on Searchable Subject Indexes. Using Two or More Syntaxes. 13. The Principle of Salt Grains. Questions to Ask About a Web Page. Checking Out "Internet Facts". III.*SEARCHING THE WEB. 14. News Searching. Web Searching for News Articles. Using News Search Engines. Other Places to Search News. 15. Job Searching. Using Plain Search Engines and Company Sites. Local Resources (Newspaper Classifieds). State-Level Job Finders. National-Level Job Finders. Job Search Engines. 16. Finding Local Information on the Web. Zip Code. City Sites. State Sites. Finding Deep State Resources in Google. Federal. International. Finding Information for Groups of Countries. IV.*SEARCHING FOR MULTIMEDIA. 17. Finding Images. Avoiding the Naughty Bits. Image Search Engines Associated with Major Search Engines. Specialized Image Search Engines. Specialized Image Collections. Finding Image Collections Via Web Searches. 18. Finding Audio on the Web. Sound Formats. Playing Sounds. Searching for Sound. V.*SEARCHING FOR PEOPLE. 19. People Searching. A Few Words on Privacy. General People Searching. General Phone Books. Specialized Phone Books. Address and Zip Code Helpers. 20. Genealogy Research Online. Source Material. Great "Roundup Sites" for Genealogy Information. 21. Ready Reference. Search Engine Tools for Ready Reference. Roundup Tools. Dictionaries. Encyclopedias. Almanacs. More Ready Reference. VI.*CONSUMER SEARCHING. 22. Consumer Help. Finding Product Information. Getting Other People's Opinions. Consumer Protection. Recall Information. Where to Complain. Watch Your Step. 23. Drugs and Medical Information. Tara's Quick Medical Warning. General Medical Searching. Community and Support Sites. Drugs and Web Searches. 24. Kid-Safe Searching. Tara's Rant About Kids and the Internet. Using Full-Text Searching. Kid-Safe Subject Indexes: A Better Way to Go. VII.*TECHNICAL SUPPORT. 25. Drivers, Cheats, Help, and More. Finding the Community Help. Finding Help for Routine Things. VIII.*SEARCHING THE WORLD. 26. International Information. What Search Engines Offer. Specialty Sites and Directories for Country Information. Translation Tools. Index.
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