Mastering Online Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective and Efficient Search Strategies

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Writer's Digest Books, Jul 26, 2007 - Computers - 340 pages
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FIND THE INFO YOU'RE AFTER

&break;&break;The internet is a valuable research tool for anyone, but finding relevant, accurate information isn't always as easy as the click of a mouse. If you've found yourself at a dead end on the information superhighway, then let experienced researcher Maura Shaw show you the way.

&break;&break;Shaw takes you through the techniques and tools you need to find information ranging from historical data to medical information to images and videos. Screen shots of different pages enable you to follow along as Shaw explains the process of finding information. Simple explanations of technical terms and step-by-step instruction help you learn how to:

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  • Use bookmarks effectively&break;
  • Evaluate websites for relevancy, accuracy, and currency&break;
  • Use basic and advanced search features, such as Boolean operators&break;
  • Locate and access helpful reference websites&break;
  • Conduct market research to help with writing and publishing&break;
  • Know when you have enough information to stop researching&break;
  • Distinguish between types of search engines
&break;&break;With the skills and knowledge found in this comprehensive guide, you'll be able to search the internet with speed and accuracy in no time, so you spend less time digging for information and more time putting it to good use.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ch 1 The Internet Defined
4
Ch 2 Conducting Basic Searches
30
Ch 3 Conducting Advanced Searches
58
Ch 4 Evaluating Websites
93
Ch 5 The World of Hyperlinks
118
Ch 6 The Best Websites to Begin Your Research
133
Ch 7 Searching For People and Places
168
Ch 8 Accessing Special Search Areas
196
Ch 9 Searching for Image Audio and Video Files
224
Ch 10 Research Skills For Writers
256
Ch 11 Permissions and Copyright Issues
285
Ch 12 Concluding Your Research
314
Glossary
323
Index
331
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Maura D. Shaw has worked as an editor in scholarly and academic publishing for thirty years (both in print and online publishing) and taught various courses on creative writing and historical research. She is a published writer of both fiction and nonfiction who uses the Internet continuously for research and inspiration, has worked in publishing as an editor for many years, and was instrumental in producing and refining the Encyclopedia Americana Online, including its hyperlinks and search tools.

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