Karen Blakeman asks Is Bing dropping search terms? (Mar 1), and it likely is. Gone are the days when we could count on search engines searching for ALL our terms. Too often our search terms are nowhere to be seen – even on large results sets.
Karen gives two ways to force Bing to include all terms. Interestingly, use the Boolean AND, or the prefix inbody:xxx
At Google we need to use Verbatim search, or intext:xxx. Don’t know about AND.
Metadata for Google Books is still bad – or, we should say, there are countless examples of when it is completely wrong. This posting notes that this may not be entirely problems with Google algorithms, but with human activity. The same mistakes on new titles are present at Amazon and Abe Books. The error may be due “to one of the third-party offshore cataloguers on which Google and others rely for their metadata.” To which I can add from my recent experience in publishing a book that much depends on the “publisher” adding the right metadata, and making sure that that information is put – correctly – into the stream that feeds all the book databases.
More Metadata Muddles on Google Books, Geoff NunBerg, Language Log (Feb 21)
All to say, don’t depend on that metadata. If you’re doing a search, run many different combinations.
New infographic on search tips for Google – Be a Google Ninja: Tips and Tricks for Online Research by Joshua Brown (Feb 17). All very fine except there is a mistake almost immediately – Google no longer supports ~ as a fuzzy operator. Otherwise the collection of tips and advice here is very good for the beginner.
Melanie Pinola at LifeHacker offers students tips for searching Google. Hack Tricks – Google Search (Jan 25)
This is a fast tour of using syntax at Google– such as site: to limit to a website; filetype: – to find a pdf or image file; intitle: to look for words in a title of a page. There are more.
- Google discontinued ~ tilde for finding related words
- Author or inauthor used to work for News and maybe Blogs – doesn’t now. Does work in Scholar but may not be reliable.
Article also has tips for Google Books and Scholar.
Of interest: Google Drive has a research tool – will grab the citation in the style you choose (MLA, APA, or Chicago).
This presentation by Marcy Phelps at Internet Librarian 2013 goes through the steps and approaches the information professional will want to employ to search quickly and effectively.
Cost-Effective Searching: Online strategies and practices to get the most for your search dollar and your time.
Has a couple of tips on using Google. I wouldn’t use OR to the extent mentioned here. Google does more semantic interpretation of words and less keyword matching. Therefore, expanding a concept with OR may muddy results too much.
Greatest value is the reminder to use specialty sites – find them, collect them, know them, use them.
Marcy Phelps has other presentations at Slideshare – would be good to follow her for tools and techniques.
This slideshare presentation on How to find a job using Twitter by Jarkko Sjoman is very clever – very Mad Men. All the backdrops are scenes from the Mad Men television show. Fun to look at while you make sense of the tips – such as – “build your network before you need it”.
One can always depend on Mary Ellen Bates to provide inventive ways to use search tools. This is true in her presentation at this year’s Internet Librarian – Super Searcher Secrets – available at SlideShare.
Especially note how she used Google Trends, autocomplete, and reading level filter. She finds value in Google’s new in-depth results on broad topics. Blekko is still in her kit bag. For other specialty search tools she mentions Zanran – for combing through pages for data, and Millionshort.com – for long-tail research. Social search and networks are also to be mined.
You’ll be sure to pick up a few good tips for your work.
I love it when someone describes the benefits of a Twitter search, especially when the endorsement is from an school librarian. Joyce Valenza says Twitter can connect students to experts, and that Topsy is a “game changer” as a research tool for searching Tweets across time and topics.
Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis by Joyce Valenza, Never Ending Search, School Library Journal, Sept 14)
Topsy is a way to instantly discover breaking news and just released press-releases and track current conversations and just posted media.
There are many good posts at the blog, Marketing Ideas You Can Copy, on searching and using social media – keywords at LinkedIn, finding experts through Twitter – and this one about searching Twitter.
Power Search Tips for Twitter , Judy Schramm, at Marketing Ideas You Can Copy (Sept 11)
Daniel Russell gives a good short how-to on learning more about a part of a plant – starting with define, and looking for a diagram. Good lesson.
When you want to understand an obscure part…. search for a diagram, Search Research (Aug 30)