Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Going beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Going beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web

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Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web. By Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 192 p. Paper $70 (ISBN: 1555708986).

Devine and Egger-Sider open this brief monograph on the invisible web with a two-part definition. The first part is a "traditional technology-based definition" designating the invisible web as "the part of the World Wide web that is omitted from the results presented by general-purpose search engines" (4). The second definition refers to what the authors call "the cognitive Invisible web," which is related to what "people know and do not know" about research (12). The focus falls heavily on the former here, but the latter probably deserves more scrutiny.

This book covers the trends that are affecting the invisible web--for instance, increasingly personalized search results and students' reliance on social media, to name just two. In addition, one of the author's main points is that librarians and information users should seek out resources that go beyond the first page of Google search results.

Chapters 2 and 3 in particular belabor this point. Is it an argument that needs to be made? Of course. Is it an argument that needs to be made to the intended audience for this book, practicing instruction librarians? Not really. Before most instructions librarians read this, they will have taught library databases to many classrooms of students. …

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