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The Invisible Web
New book is first to explain how to find the 80 percent of online information Web search engines miss

August 20, 2001, Medford, NJ — Information Today, Inc. has announced publication of The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See, by Chris Sherman and Gary Price.

The authors estimate that 80 percent or more of the authoritative information accessible over the Internet is invisible to search engines, and thus not readily available to the millions of computer users who use the Web for research. According to Sherman and Price, content-rich databases from universities, libraries, associations, businesses, and governments are appearing on Web servers around the world at a staggering rate, but the current generation of search engines can reveal little or nothing about the data they contain. The phenomenon has been referred to as “The Invisible Web,” and it is a major obstacle for online searchers.

The Invisible Web is the first handbook and directory for information users who wish to utilize Invisible Web resources systematically in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of their online research. In this unique book, Sherman and Price—two of the world’s leading Invisible Web experts—describe the scope and background of the problem, introduce readers to essential sites and sources, and offer practical tips, techniques, and analysis. The Web directory the authors have created to support the book ( provides updates, news, and links to over one thousand Invisible Web resources.

The Invisible Web reveals hundreds of “invisible” information resources in these topic areas and more:
• Art & Architecture  • Government Regulations  • News & Current Events
• Business & Industry  • Health & Medicine  • Public Records
• Competitive Intelligence  • International Affairs  • Science & Technology
• Education & Training  • Law & Politics   • Streaming Audio & Video
• Finance & Investment  • Nature & Environment  • Travel & Entertainment

Chris Sherman is President of Searchwise, a Boulder, Colorado-based Web consulting firm, and Associate Editor of A frequent contributor to Information Today, Online, EContent, and other information industry journals, he has researched and written about search engines since 1994. His previous books include The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook, and The Elements of Basic, The Elements of Cobol, and The Elements of Pascal from John Wiley & Sons. He holds a Master's degree in Interactive Educational Technology from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Communications from the University of California, San Diego. 

Gary Price is a library and information consultant based in suburban Washington D.C., and a regular contributor to Searcher magazine. From 1995 through April 2001, he was a Reference Librarian at the Virginia Campus of George Washington University in Ashburn, VA, and continues serve as a consultant to the University. He is the creator and compiler of several well-known Web research tools including Price’s List of Lists and Direct Search, a compilation of Invisible Web databases. He is also the creator and editor of The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk. He holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. 

The Invisible Web The Invisible Web: 
Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See
By Chris Sherman and Gary Price

The Invisible Web is a CyberAge Book from Information Today, Inc. (ITI), and is distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group (IPG) of Chicago. It is available in better bookstores everywhere or by contacting the publisher directly: 800-300-9868 (outside U.S. call 609-654-6266); fax: 609-654-4309; e-mail:, or simply click on the "Order Now" button (left). 

2001/430 pp/softbound 
ISBN: 0-910965-51-X

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