The Bottom Line
- Engaging, witty writing style
- Gives great information for newbies and more seasoned searchers
- Simple format makes topics easy to find
- Some of the search analogies were a bit hard to follow
- Creative and humorous writing style that instantly engages the reader
- Simple and easy to follow explanations for highly technical processes and/or procedures
- Excellent resource manual for anyone who would like to add extra "oomph!" to their search efforts
Guide Review - Review: "Web Search Garage", by Tara Calishain
If you're looking for a book that will help you get the most out of your Web searches, than this is the book for you. Chapters include information about search engines and tweaking them to work for you instead of against you, online discussion groups and how to find them, surfing safely with kids, and how to find local information.
I did find that some of the analogies that the author used to explain how various search technologies work were hard to follow, especially when she combined them with other analogies (and didn't remind me what they meant in the first place!). I found myself having to flip back and forth between chapters to refresh my memory as to what she was talking about. However, this was a very minor annoyance when compared to the wealth of information given in this informative resource.
I would highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it and learned a lot of new 'tricks' that I was able to try out immediately with fantastic results. Ms. Calishain writes in a very direct and witty style, using her humor to grace some of the more technical, geeky stuff that inevitably is in computer resource books.