This is a list of my favourite resources categorised into a skill level for you so you get the most out of these. Some of the books are over $100, I guess education is indeed an investment! I think it’s worth the expense. There are also free resources which I have also listed. Everyone should really read all of these from “beginners” onwards, I always come back to the beginner resources, IR is a huge research area, and it’s not unusual to get lost of realise you don’t actually understand something as well as you thought you did. This is by no means an exhaustive list, there is so much literature, I don’t doubt anyone has ever read all of it.
One very valuable resource is the Research Channel which has a full lecture series on IR amongst many other areas of scientific research.
There are a number of free text-based resources for you to use at Free books download.
SIGIR offer a full list of recommended resources also.
“Charting a New Course: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. Essays in Honour of Karen Sparck Jones“. Tait , J.I. (ed), Springer, 2005.
The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference (EVOLANG6), rome, Italy, 12-15 April 2006 by Angelo Cangelosi, Andrew D. M. Smith, and Kenny Smith
Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice by Bruce Croft, Donald Metzler, and Trevor Strohman
Readings in Information Retrieval (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia Information and Systems) by Karen Sparck Jones and Peter Willett
String Processing and Information Retrieval: 11th International Conference, SPIRE 2004, Padova, Italy, October 5-8, 2004. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) by Alberto Apostolico and Massimo Melucci
Google’s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings by Amy N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer
Latent Semantic Indexing and Information Retrieval by Johanna Geiß
“Introduction to Information retrieval” (Free online book) by Christopher D. Manning, Prabhakar Raghavan and Hinrich Schütze
“Information retrieval” (free online book) by C.J van Rijsbergen
“Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing” by Christopher D. Manning and Hinrich Schuetz
Modern Information Retrieval by Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto
Text Information Retrieval Systems, Third Edition (Library and Information Science) (Library and Information Science) by Charles T. Meadow, Bert R. Boyce, Donald H. Kraft, and Carol L Barry
Understanding Search Engines: Mathematical Modeling and Text Retrieval (Software, Environments, Tools), Second Edition by Michael W. Berry and Murray Browne
“Data Mining VII: Data, Text And Web Mining And Their Business Applications” by A. Zanasi ), C. A. Brebbia (Editor), N. F. F. Ebecken (Editor)
“Aspects of Automatic Text Analysis (Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing)” by Alexander Mehler and Alexander Mehler;Reinhard KÃhler
“Possessives and Beyond: Semantics and Syntax: University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 29 (University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics) by Ji-yung Kim, Yury A. Lander, and Barbara H. Partee
“Corpus Linguistics Around the World” (Language & Computers S.) (Language & Computers: Studies in Practical Linguistics) by Andrew Wilson (Editor); Dawn Archer (Editor); Paul Rayson (Editor)
“English Algorithmic Grammar” by Hristo Georgiev
Personalized Information Retrieval and Access: Concepts, Methods and Practices (Premier Reference Source) by Rafael Andres Gonzalez Rivera, Nong Chen, and Ajantha Dahanayake
Advances in Information Retrieval: 30th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2008, Glasgow, UK, March 30 — April 3, 2008 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) by Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis, Vassilis Plachouras, and Ian Ruthven
Machine Learning and Data Mining: Introduction to Principles and Algorithms by Igor Kononenko and Matjaz Kukar
“The geometry of Information Retrieval” by C.J van Rijsbergen (book)
“Finding Out About: Search Engine Technology from a cognitive Perspective“. Belew, R.K., Cambridge University Press, 2000.
“Advances in Probabilistic and Other Parsing Technologies” (Text, Speech and Language Technology, Volume 16) by H. Bunt and Anton Nijholt
“Advances in Natural Language Processing: 6th International Conference, GoTAL 2008“, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 25-27, 2008, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in … / Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence) by Aarne Ranta and Bengt Nordström
“Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing: 9th International Conference“, CICLing 2008, Haifa, Israel, February 17-23, 2008, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) by Alexander Gelbukh (Paperback – Mar 11, 2008)
“Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognition” by Manuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, and Arthur Graesser
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics) by Christopher M. Bishop
Machine Learning: Modeling Data Locally and Globally (Advanced Topics in Science and Technology in China) by Kai-Zhu Huang, Haiqin Yang, Irwin King, and Michael Lyu
Building Search Applications: Lucene, LingPipe, and Gate by Manu Konchady
If you want to suggest more resources you found useful, please let me know and I’ll add them on.