News Search, Blogs and Feeds

News Search, Blogs and Feeds

A Toolkit

1st Edition - September 27, 2010

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  • Authors: Lars Vage, Lars Iselid
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780631813
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346029

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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • List of figures

    List of abbreviations


    About the authors


    Chapter 1: Introduction: the nature of news search


    Discovering the power of news search

    The concept of news and its relations

    News published on the web vs printed news

    Structured vs unstructured news content

    The different types of news search tools

    Chapter 2: Free news search



    A short history of free news search

    The best free news search engines

    Other news search engines

    Directories of news sites

    Major newspapers with web archives

    Broadcast news

    News agencies

    Press release wires

    Scientific wires

    Historical newspaper digitizing projects

    Websites mentioned in this chapter

    Chapter 3: Professional news search services



    Advantages of professional search services

    Advanced searching techniques

    Search results

    Search alerts

    Client billing

    Other fee-based services

    Websites mentioned in this chapter

    Chapter 4: News monitoring services



    Describing news monitoring services

    A short history of news monitoring services

    The meaning of news monitoring services

    Evaluating your monitoring service

    Irrelevance in news monitoring services

    Sample list of news monitoring and related services

    Chapter 5: Evaluating news search tools



    Frequency of spidering




    Chapter 6: Keeping track of the blogosphere



    What exactly is a blog?

    The roots of blogging

    The blog explosion

    The blogosphere

    The evolution of blog searching

    The most important blog search engines

    Blog directories

    Websites mentioned in this chapter

    Chapter 7: The power of RSS



    A short history of RSS

    What does RSS look like?

    What is OPML?

    Choosing an RSS reader

    Using news aggregator software

    RSS feeds – using pre-built and creating custom

    Subscribing to podcasts

    Websites mentioned in this chapter

    Chapter 8: News discovery via social networking tools





    Twingly microblog search engine

    Directories of tweeters and similar services

    Linking in microblogs

    Topsy – a search engine powered by tweets

    Memetrackers and similar tools

    Digg and other social voting sites

    Facebook for news and blog reading

    Google Buzz

    Websites mentioned in this chapter

    Chapter 9: Concluding remarks


    Further reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 258
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: September 27, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780631813
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346029

About the Authors

Lars Vage

Lars Våge is currently a librarian at Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall for the department of Technology and Media. He is responsible for the subject of computer science, electrical engineering, informatics and statistics. Since 2001 he has maintained a blog reporting on search engines on the Internet,

Affiliations and Expertise

Mid Sweden University

Lars Iselid

Lars Iselid is an Information Architect on the CS Library team at Teknihuset, a leading technical solution provider for digital libraries. He is a well-known blogger and search engine expert and also works as librarian at the Digital Library Department, Umeå University. Iselid is a popular speaker and trainer in such areas as information search, social media and search engine optimization. Since 2001 he has maintained a blog reporting on search engines on the Internet,

Affiliations and Expertise

Umeå University, Sweden

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