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News Search, Blogs and Feeds

Book Description

This book is about news search and monitoring. Aimed at professionals with a strategic need of monitoring the surrounding world, users with a need to find the best news sources, monitoring services and news search strategies and techniques will benefit from reading this book. The main purpose is to present a practical handbook with an analysis of readily available tools, blending with passages of a theoretical nature. It is also useful for students at LIS programmes and related information programmes and for librarians and information professionals. The authors aim to aid the reader in reaching a greater understanding of the core in news search and monitoring.

  • Presents effective tools to evaluate news search engines and databases
  • Harness the power of RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds in online news search and monitoring
  • Learn how to navigate and critically question the news found in the blogosphere

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. About the authors
  9. Preface
  10. Chapter 1: Introduction: the nature of news search
    1. Abstract:
    2. Discovering the power of news search
    3. The concept of news and its relations
    4. News published on the web vs printed news
    5. Structured vs unstructured news content
    6. The different types of news search tools
  11. Chapter 2: Free news search
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. A short history of free news search
    4. The best free news search engines
    5. Other news search engines
    6. Directories of news sites
    7. Major newspapers with web archives
    8. Broadcast news
    9. News agencies
    10. Press release wires
    11. Scientific wires
    12. Historical newspaper digitizing projects
    13. Websites mentioned in this chapter
  12. Chapter 3: Professional news search services
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Advantages of professional search services
    4. Advanced searching techniques
    5. Search results
    6. Search alerts
    7. Client billing
    8. Other fee-based services
    9. Websites mentioned in this chapter
  13. Chapter 4: News monitoring services
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Describing news monitoring services
    4. A short history of news monitoring services
    5. The meaning of news monitoring services
    6. Evaluating your monitoring service
    7. Irrelevance in news monitoring services
    8. Sample list of news monitoring and related services
  14. Chapter 5: Evaluating news search tools
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Frequency of spidering
    4. Sources
    5. Searching
    6. Results
  15. Chapter 6: Keeping track of the blogosphere
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. What exactly is a blog?
    4. The roots of blogging
    5. The blog explosion
    6. The blogosphere
    7. The evolution of blog searching
    8. The most important blog search engines
    9. Blog directories
    10. Websites mentioned in this chapter
  16. Chapter 7: The power of RSS
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. A short history of RSS
    4. What does RSS look like?
    5. What is OPML?
    6. Choosing an RSS reader
    7. Using news aggregator software
    8. RSS feeds – using pre-built and creating custom
    9. Subscribing to podcasts
    10. Websites mentioned in this chapter
  17. Chapter 8: News discovery via social networking tools
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Microblogs
    4. Twitter
    5. Twingly microblog search engine
    6. Directories of tweeters and similar services
    7. Linking in microblogs
    8. Topsy – a search engine powered by tweets
    9. Memetrackers and similar tools
    10. Digg and other social voting sites
    11. Facebook for news and blog reading
    12. Google Buzz
    13. Websites mentioned in this chapter
  18. Chapter 9: Concluding remarks
    1. Abstract:
  19. Further reading
  20. Index