Advanced Internet Research was developed as a follow-up to DDC's Conducting Internet Research. This course explores specialized databases, commercial search engines, meta search engines, multi search engine interfaces, and searching Internet discussion groups.
The focus of this course is the economical and efficient location of precise information via advanced Internet research tools. Dozens of hands-on exercises and more than 160 pages of lecture material reinforce these concepts and principles. A Scavenger Hunt summarizes the course.
Advanced Internet Research focuses on the following topics:
Complex query terms
Requiring and prohibiting operators
Multiple keyword query terms
Search engine discrepancies
Searching mailing lists (listserv)
Searching newsgroups (Usenet)
Multi search engine interfaces
Commercial (fee-based) search engines
Commercial search engine pricing models
Static, dynamic, and sluggish database types