People need help with web search

People need more help with web search than they realize. Daniel Russell at Google has some surprising and disturbing observations on the lack of basic knowledge about web searching shown in a class of young students. He makes good points about the assumptions we all make about search capabilities. In fact many students – and even adults – do not have the basic knowledge to function well – to know what a home page is, what the web is, how to enter search terms, how to develop concepts – and much more.

Teaching beginners how to search–lessons for teachers, Search Research, (Feb 5)

I’m out of teaching, but if you’re introducing others to web search this article has important pointers.

Reverse image search

Useful  “how to” from Ann Smarty on using reverse image search and why you would want to.

How To Use Reverse Image Search Search Engine People (jan 5)

These days I use reverse image search on a daily basis. At times it has been an introduction to awesome media I never would have known about otherwise. In other instances I have found some truly useful tutorials and learning videos, such as Photoshop demonstrations and lifehacks.

Searching Google’s Country Versions

Google is making it harder to search country versions of its databases other than your own.

Google Drops Change Location Search Filter From Search Results, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Dec 1)

Schwartz reported, ” A Google spokesperson told us this feature was intentionally removed last week. Google said, “it was getting very little usage, so we’re focusing on other features.””

Which I find infuriating. Low use for removing a feature is not a good reason.

Alternatives

There is still the Chrome extension for SEO Global search.

For general use, try Disconnect – search.disconnect.me – it ensures anonymity and you can adjust the country.

Business research learning resource

Recommended by BestBizWeb – Business Resource Videos at Ohio University. Robert Berkman wrote, “These short but highly informative videos are great, as they provide hands- on and practical search strategies for popular fee based professional business databases ranging from Bizminer to LexisNexis to Euromonitor and more, and are produced by one of the most knowledgeable business librarians we know.”

Subscribe to Berkman’s excellent montly e-newsletter at BestBizWweb for more

Interview with Tara Calishain

Two search experts converse: Robert Berkman at Best of the Business Web interviewed Tara Calishain, search mavin extraordinaire of ResearchBuzz. Tara comments on the state of web search, the need for a podcast search engine (yes please – or a directory), and her trusted sources.

A Conversation with Tara Calishain of ResearchBuzz (Nov 3)

This month we have chosen Tara Calishain, the creator and editor of ResearchBuzz, one of our favorite blogs for doing better online research. We chose ResearchBuzz as one of our September 2015 Best of the Business Web selections, describing it as “lively, fun and extremely informative.”