xii, 323 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction : How you can harness the power of online research - why you should improve your online researching skills -- Finding a mysterious location somewhere in the world : how to use multiple information sources to zero in on a resource -- Do lakes in Africa sometimes explode? : How to focus your search with "site:" and using specialized terms -- Things you notice while traveling : how and when to switch search modes to find information -- Is that plant poisonous or not? : How to find highly localized and domain-specific information -- What's the most likely way you'll die? : How to be explicit about what you're searching to find (and why that matters) -- When would you want to read the Italian Wikipedia? : How to look for information from other languages in Wikipedia and other sources -- Why are the coasts so different? : How to use online maps resources to answer broad geographic questions -- Mysterious mission stars : how to read snippets in the search results and pay attention to search details -- When was oil first discovered in California? : How to discover and work through multiple competing claims in online resources -- Can you die from apoplexy or rose catarrh? : How to find (and use) old, sometimes-archaic or obsolete terminology -- What's that wreck just offshore? : How to find archival imagery and use metadata from photographs -- Do flies have the pattern of a spider on their wings? : How to check the credibility of a resource you've found -- What's the connection between "The star-spangled banner" and the general who burned the White House? : How to search for vaguely remembered connections between ideas -- What causes the barren zones around some plants? : How to know when you should go offline and do research in the real world -- Is Abyssinia the same as Eritrea? : How to find additional context information for your research -- The mystery of the parrotfish, or Where does that white sand really come from? : How to triangulate multiple sources to find a definitive answer -- Did Perry ever visit the island of Delos? : How to follow a long chain of references to the ultimate answer -- On being a great searcher : rules of thumb for asking great questions -- The future of online search : why the research skills you learn today will continue to be useful in the future.
We all know how to look up something online by typing words into a search engine. We do this so often that we have made the most famous search engine a verb" we Google it--"Japan population" or "Nobel Peace Prize" or "poison ivy" or whatever we want to know. But knowing how to Google something doesn't make us search experts; there's much more we can do to access the massive collective knowledge available online. In The Joy of Search, Daniel Russell shows us how to be great online researchers. We don't have to be computer geeks or a scholar searching out obscure facts; we just need to know some basic methods. Russell demonstrates these methods with step-by-step searches for answers to a series of intriguing questions--from "what is the wrong side of a towel?" to "what is the most likely way you will die?" Along the way, readers will discover essential tools for effective online searches--and learn some fascinating facts and interesting stories. Russell explains how to frame search queries so they will yield information and describes the best ways to use such resources as Google Earth, Google Scholar, Wikipedia, and Wikimedia. He shows when to put search terms in double quotes, how to use the operator (*), why metadata is important, and how to triangulate information from multiple sources. By the end of this engaging journey of discovering, readers will have the definitive answer to why the best online searches involve more than typing a few words into Google. -- Dust jacket flap.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
9780262042871 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0262042878 (hardcover ; alk. paper)