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.
The US Federal Depository Library Program has an impressive collection of free webinars available through its website for searching its resources. Two upcoming ones in February are We(eding) people off Google, and Librarian’s Guide to Trade Data. Check also the complete archive .
Thanks to ResearchBuzz for this item.
Recommendeed – Daniel Russell’s online course about power searching. Has a new format – will be run every two weeks until middle of June. Well worth your time as a refresher or as way to build new skills. It’s FREE.
PowerSearchingWithGoogle MOOC restarting on Feb 8th, 2016!, Search Research (feb 2)
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.
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.
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.
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
Karen Blakeman in the UK is quite possibly the best person for professional searchers to follow today to get updates on web search tools and approaches. In addition to her blog and the slideshare presentations she does, she keep a ScoopIt site simply titled Google. Well done.
Tara Calishain has advice and tips on finding the best words for search queries. Just six things to think about – a very simple checklist that will help in considering different angles and getting more relevant results.
NANFWRIMO #6 & #7: Focusing Your Searches With Specialized Vocabulary, ResearchBuzz (Nov 10)
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.”
New from Dan Russell – PowerSearchingWithGoogle Text Lessons (and slides! and videos!) (Sept 10) – “a master list of all the text lessons from the PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com online course”. There are 29 lessons – nice bite-sized chunks.
Also registration for the next run of this MOOC is September 14th. Treat yourself.