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.
Ever need to search a pdf that is image rather than searchable text? Dan Russell has posted the solution – Answer: How to search in a scanned document? (Sept 7). There are a few ways – using Adobe Acrobat Pro is one of them.
Learn more about search strategies from Dan Russell in his description of approaches taken to Answer: Why all the crazy capital letters? (Aug 25)
Fascinating reading, especially if you have wondered, as I have, why writers in the 1930s and earlier capitalized so many words in documents and correspondence. Uppercase adds importance especially to topics, anything related to religion, positions, titles. However, today the rule is to limit capitalization.
Searchers will be interested in the two new slideshows Mary Ellen Bates has posted at SlideShare in advance of sessions Web Search University in September 2015. Excellent.
Social Media Gains Respectability – primer on the value, how to use, how to search, and how to protect privacy.
Competitive Intelligence for non CIers – what it is, how to do it. Has strategies and tools.
This presentation on 23 Things: Libraries for Research Data by Michael Witt done for IFLA 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa has several good pointers. The handout http://bit.ly/1IoYnlg is much easier to read and use.
Hone your search skills with Dan Russell’s Power Searching with Google . This is online, self-paced – very good. See description at We just finished running…
This article on researching material for blog posts has some good general advice for use of Web in research, Google for search tools, and Evernote for collecting findings. Just some pointers – not in depth.
How to Research and Write Awesome Blog posts with Evernote, by Darin L. Hammond, SteamFeed (Aug 5)
Dan Russell is running “new and updated” version of his MOOC – Power Searching with Google. This is a must-do course for anyone serious about becoming a good searcher. See Announcement: A new version of PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com will open on Monday, July 20, 2015 asap.