Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Going Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching

Devine, Jane, and Francine Egger-Sider. Going Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-55570-6333

From the Publisher:
Google isn't up to the task when it comes to serious research, and though your patrons and students have heard of the "invisible," or "deep" Web, they have no idea how to tap into it. You need practical tools and strategies for teaching them about the Web sources and specialized databases they will never find using everyday search engines.

This book will show you in simple, nontechnical terms how to integrate the invisible Web into teaching opportunities wherever they occur: in a one-on-one "teaching moment" at the reference desk, or in a formal course. Estimated at 500 times the size of the visible Web, the invisible Web and the search skills needed to plumb its depths should be a part of every information literacy and research skills course.

With this book you get expert teaching tips and scripts for informal instruction, plus model activities and assignments for the classroom. Statistics and summaries of relevant research will help you combat myths like "Searching is Easy," or "Everything Important is Free." Read this book too, to find out how the best deep Web search tools, including CompletePlanet, Closer Look, and the Librarian's Internet Index, are evolving and what it all means for your library's future electronic collection development plans.

"This creditable text is a stimulating exploration of ways to teach Invisible Web research and is highly recommended for all professionals."
-- School Library Journal, February 2010

"Going Beyond Google stands out in this crowd, as it is directly relevant to those who teach searching skills to others...Going Beyond Google is concise and well written...would be a useful resource to those who teach beginning searchers [and] have broad research needs..."
-- Journal of the Medical Library Association, January 2010

"This is a book that will remain near this reviewer's desk for the next semester or will serve admirably as an introduction to the topic of effective Web searching and as a ready source of ideas to use in improving classroom visits."
-- Reference and User Services Quarterly, Vol. 49, Issue 2

"If you have not had a major professional development experience in this type of searching and use with kids and teens, then this book is for you....If as a professional information specialist you do not have twenty techniques at your finger tips for searching the invisible web or really do not know what that is, then take a course or read this book."
-- Teacher Librarian, December 2009