Textbooks Used in Information Retrieval Courses Across the Web

Xiannong Meng
Computer Science Department
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
xmeng at bucknell dot edu

School of Computer Science & Engineering
Southeast University
N0.2 Si Pai Lou, Nanjing, 210096
Jiangsu, P.R.China

Updated December 2011.
Sorted by the last name of the first auhor.
Within each textbook, courses are sorted by the last name of the first instructor.

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  1. R. Baeza-Yates and B. Ribeiro-Neto, Modern Information Retrieval, Addison Wesley Longman, 1999.

  2. P. Baldi, Paolo Frasconi, and Padhraic Smyth. Modelling the Internet and the Web, John Wiley and Sons, 2003.

  3. J. Battelle. The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, Portfolio Hardcover, 2005.

  4. R. K. Belew, Finding Out About: A Cognitive Perspective on Search Engine Technology and the WWW, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

  5. C. P. Bourne and Trudi Bellardo Hahn. A History of Online Information Services: 1963-1976. The MIT Press, 2003; ISBN: 0-262-02538-8

  6. S. Buettcher, Charles L. A. Clarke, Gordon V. Cormack. Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines,MIT Press. (2010)

  7. S. Chakrabarti. Mining the Web: Discovering Knowledge from Hypertext Data, Morgan Kaufmann, 2002.

  8. G. Chang. Mining the World Wide Web, Springer, 2001.

  9. F. Cheong, Internet Agents: Spiders, Wanderers, Brokers, and Bots. Indianapolis, IN : New Riders, 1996.

  10. B. Croft, , D. Metzler, and T. Strohman, Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice. Addison Wesley, February 2009.

  11. W. B. Croft (ed). Advances in Information Retrieval: Recent Research from the Center for Intelligent Information Rerieval. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000; ISBN: 0-7923-7812-1.

  12. W. Frakes and R. Baeza-Yates. Information Retrieval: Data Structures and Algorithms. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1992.

  13. E. Greengrass Information Retrieval: A Survey (2000)

  14. D. Grossman online IR book

  15. J. Han, Micheline Kamber. Data Mining - Concepts and Techniques, Morgan Kaufmann, 2000

  16. M. Hearst, Search User Interfaces, Cambridge University Press. 2009. Book website at (free from the web)

  17. W. R. Hersh. Information Retrieval: A Health and Biomedical Perspective. 2nd Edition. Springer-Verlag, 2003; ISBN: 0-387-95522-4

  18. R. R. Korfhage. Information Storage and Retrieval John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

  19. G. Kowalski and Mark T. Maybury. Information Storage and Retrieval Systems: Theory and Implementation, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.

  20. A. N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer. Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings, Princeton Press, 2006.

  21. M. Levene. An Introduction to Search Engines and Web Navigation, Pearson, September 2005.

  22. B. Liu. Web Data Mining, Springer, 2011.

  23. C. Manning, P. Raghavan, and H. Schutze, Introduction to Information Retrieval. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

  24. G. Marchionini. Information Seeking in Electronic Environments, Cambridge University Press, 1997.

  25. C. J. van Rijsbergen, Information Retrieval,online book at http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/Keith/Preface.html

  26. G. Salton. Automatic text processing: the transformation, analysis, and retrieval of information by computer. Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, 1988.

  27. K. Sparck Jones and P. Willett, Readings in Information Retrieval Morgan Kaufmann, 1997.

  28. T. van der Weide Information Discovery, online book at http://osiris.cs.kun.nl/iris/web-docs/edu/ir1/ir1.pdf (2001)

  29. I. H. Witten, Alistair Moffat, and Timothy C. Bell, Managing Gigabytes

  30. C. Wong. Web Client Programming. O'Reilly and Associates, 1997. (This web link should contain the complete text for the book, which is out-of-print)