Online reference tools

Anyone doing intensive research online can be more productive with these tools for managing references.

Make Research Easier With These Five Tools by Brandi Scardilli, Information Today (Oct 7)

Several popular tools provide platforms that store articles, features that generate bibliographies, and functionality that encourages collaboration on projects.

Review the features and functionality of Endnote, ProQuest Flow, and Mendeley.

Google features

Google features come and go – almost always without explanation.

Jon Wiley, a search designer at Google, spoke briefly about this – mostly it is to avoid bloatware. Removing features, he said, “is one of the toughest but most important parts of designing products – deciding what to trim as you move forward”

Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed, Search Engine Land (Jul 28)

And – Google may have added a new timeline to the Knowledge Graph.

Google Testing Timeline View In Knowledge Graph, Search Engine Land (Jul 28)

“Google is testing a new knowledge graph interface for showing a timeline of data, facts and knowledge in the top carousel section of the Google search results.”

Google Instant Translate

Google shows a new “instant answer” box for translating passages. Enter translate as a keyword – followed by what to what – example: translate french to english. Google displays a box for entering (or speaking) the text. Can also hear the translation.

Google Translate as an instant answer box

Google Translate as an instant answer box

New Google Translation Tools: Edit Text, Change Language & Hear Translation Directly Within Search, Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Jul 16)

Pinterest navigation

Pinterest users in the United States can be guided by Pinterest to special interests within a category – such as Outdoors page might suggest Hiking.  I don’t see this in Toronto – not rolled out yet.

Pinterest Makes It Easier to Find What Just What You’re Looking For, by Kurt Wagner, Make Use Of (Mashable)

Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to. For example, you can follow interests like hiking, camping or running under the broader “outdoors” category. Following an interest means those pins will now appear in your feed, saving you the hassle of searching for them.

Viewing Google Web Search History

It’s been ages since I used web search history at Google.  Either I don’t sign into my account, or can’t find the the right button.  Web search history, I have re-discovered,  is an option on the search results page, under the cog icon in a dropdown menu.

Google Operating System reports that there is no easy way to navigate back to a particular date and offers a hack for changing the url.  Go Back to a Specific Date in Google Web History (June 2)  You’d have to want to do that pretty badly.

However, I see that there is a calendar that can be adjusted  to month and day – just have to be patient in pressing the arrows to go back several months..

Google Calendar in Web Search History

Google Calendar in Web Search History

Chrome custom search

Use the Chrome address bar for running specialized searches by setting up own custom search engines. This goes beyond adding a favourite site to search such as IMdb. This article shows how to set up very specific tools such as Google Translate, Yahoo Finance, Facebook search, whois, and many more.

How To Create Custom Search Engines In Google Chrome To Boost Productivity by Mahesh Mohan, Minterest (Nov 7, 2013)