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The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook
New Book is a Guide for the Serious Searcher

The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines, 2nd Edition
Advance Praise for The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook:

“Buying this book has to be the quickest way you can access years of hard-won Web searching experience. Invaluable.”
—William Hann, FreePint

“A phenomenal resource for both extreme and not-so-extreme researchers. Great tips, clear explanations, and years of expertise distilled into 250 pages of clear, engaging text. This book should be on every searcher’s desk.”
—Mary Ellen Bates, author
Building & Running a Successful Research Business
and co-author, Researching Online for Dummies

“Here is a great how-to guide by one of the world’s foremost search trainers … a treasure trove for Web searchers.”
—Greg Notess, Search Engine Showdown

January 23, 2004, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher, by Randolph (Ran) Hock.

“Ran has done more than write a book,” says editor Gary Price in the foreword. “He’s created a key resource for both those who need a bit of education in the area of Web research and for experienced searchers who need to verify what a specific search tool offers.”

The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook is an essential guide for anyone who uses the Internet for research, including librarians, teachers, students, writers, and business professionals. Author Hock, an award-winning writer and Internet trainer, explains strategies and tools (including search engines, directories, and portals) for all major areas of Internet content. Readers with little to moderate searching experience will appreciate Hock’s helpful, easy-to-follow advice, while experienced searchers will discover a number of new ideas, techniques, and resources.

The chapters in the book are:

• “Basics for the Serious Searcher”
• “An Internet Reference Shelf”
• “General Web Directories and Portals”
• “Groups and Mailing Lists”
• “Specialized Directories”
• “News Resources”
• “Search Engines”
• “Finding Products Online”
• “Becoming Part of the Internet:Publishing”
• “Sights and Sounds: Finding Images, Audio, and Video”

The book includes a list of illustrations, glossary, URL list, and a comprehensive index. It is supported by “The Extreme Searcher’s Web Page” (, featuring links, updates, news, and more.

Ran Hock is one of the world’s foremost experts on search engines and online searching. He is the principal of Online Strategies, an Internet training firm that specializes in creating and delivering customized courses for online researchers. He is the author of The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines (CyberAge Books. First edition, 1999. Second edition, 2001), a regular contributor to leading information industry periodicals, and a popular international speaker.

The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher (272 pp/softbound/$24.95/ISBN 0-910965-68-4) is a CyberAge Book from Information Today, Inc. It is available in better bookstores everywhere through Chicago-based trade distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG) or by calling the publisher at (800) 300-9868 [outside the U.S. call (609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; e-mailing; or logging on to the ITI Web site at

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