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March 4, 1997

O'Reilly Releases Guide to Internet Power Searching

SEBASTOPOL, CA--Finding things on the Internet is an everyday challenge for
the millions who have come to depend on the Net's vast information
resources.  Navigating through the Net's morass of data can make the user
feel like Goldilocks, longing for information that's not too much or too
little, but "just right." O'Reilly & Associates' new book "NetResearch"
helps Internet users quickly find exactly what they're looking for in the
constantly changing online world.

Information and locations on the Net change at a dizzying pace, but
"NetResearch" is built to last.  It shares the strategies and techniques of
master Internet searchers--methods that readers can use successfully
whether they're looking for information on mutual funds, demographics,
plane schedules, or beer.  Those who use the power searching techniques
described in "NetResearch" will learn how to think like the masters when
they go looking for something on the Internet.  The book also covers
America Online, CompuServe, Microsoft Network, and Prodigy, and includes
quizzes to help readers practice research skills.

In "NetResearch," author Dan Barrett offers these Internet Searcher's Rules
for the Road:

1.  Carefully choose a starting place.  Like the old saying says, sometimes
"you can't get there from here." Different starting points may lead to
different results.

2.  Don't assume failure too quickly.  When a search program responds
"nothing found," don't give up.  Try a few variations on your search.  If
these don't produce results either, you can still try other starting
places, programs, and search techniques.

3.  Don't assume success too quickly.  Even when you locate what you need,
there might be another source of information available that is better.
Don't be too loyal to one Web site or one search technique.  Keep an open
mind.  Experiment.

4.  Think about your route.  Even if you reached your goal, there might
have been a faster way to get there.  Pay attention when a search strategy
provides quick results: the same strategy might be usable in other

5.  Know your tools.  Read the manual.  Use the online help.  Try out all
the commands and options.  Make sure your search software is the latest
version, or at least a recent one.

6.  Intuition is your best search tool.  The Internet changes rapidly, and
so does the software we use to access it.  Knowledge, on the other hand,
accumulates.  As you learn from experience, you'll get progressively better
at tackling new situations.

The Net is a big, disorganized, inconsistent place.  As anyone who has ever
gotten 17,000 responses to a search engine query knows, constructing a
focused search saves time and aggravation.  With the help of "NetResearch,"
readers will learn effective search techniques to locate just the
information they want, when they need it.

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NetResearch: Finding Information Online
By Daniel J. Barrett
1st Edition February 1997
240 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-245-X, $24.95 US