Neverending Search: What you (and your students) really need to know about online searching and search tools! Overview MAR*TEC video What searching looked like back in the day: http://fury.com/images/weblog/google_circa_1960.jpg Search, don’t surf! It’s a trillion page Web!
(and your students)
to know about
and search tools!
It’s a trillion page Web!
It’s a fact:
We already know
use the Web!
Eileen Stec, Rutgers, ALA
Step Zero: Seven Steps to Better Searching
Recognize the importance of
brainstorming and strategy
Connect with “ANDs”
OR is generally used for synonyms or related words.
How many buffalo remain in the United States?
Just as I wouldn’t ask my contractor friend to prepare my will, I wouldn’t ask my lawyer friend to build my new kitchen.
Search tools have
“We are moving from the Decade of the End User
to the Decade of
the Search Engine.”
Search across a variety of search tools and organize the collected results. Good for a broad sweep type search
Subject directoriesLinks to resources arranged in subject hierarchies, encouraging users to both browse through, and often search for, results. Subject directories are often annotated. They are selected, evaluated, and maintained by humans.
Specific Subject Guides or GatewaysThe work of a subject specialists, subject gateways usually result in carefully selected and annotated links
Specialized search engines
Search engines that focus their searching in a particular area of knowledge or interest.
Subscription Databases Payservices often provided by states or libraries offering premium content in the form of reference materials, journal and newspaper articles, broadcast transcripts, etc.A field guide to the search tools
Librarians’ Index to the Internet
Well-organized, selective, and continually updated collection, also known as "the thinking person's Yahoo” Maintained by a team of librarians at Berkeley Public Library
Great starting point for kids. Annotations are carefully written. Offers grade levels and describes how illustrated a site is.
INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections http://infomine.ucr.edu/
A large collection of scholarly Internet resources
About.com http://www.about.com Offers a surprising number of guide pages, maintained by paid experts. Not scholarly but very handy for everyday, practical topics
Academic Info: Your Gateway to Quality Educational Resources http://www.academicinfo.net/ Great for high school and college research
BUBL Link http://bubl.ac.uk/link/
This UK project leads to carefully selected and annotated resources
WWW Virtual Library http://www.vlib.org/
The first subject directory on the Web. Features
comprehensive, well-annotated subject collections maintained
by experts around the world
Both Yahoo and Google offer popular directories. They are not very selective, but they offer some wonderful subject collections.
Yahoo Full Coverage http://fullcoverage.yahoo.com/fc/
Google Social Issues http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Issues/
Your goal is to get the best stuff to appear on the
first two or three pages.
Approach relevance in helpful ways:
U. Albany Laura Cohen
“Search engines differ from one another more than most people think. Each has a unique index of pages, and differing relevance algorithms. Because of this, you often get very different results using the same query words on different engines. If you're not finding what you're looking for, stop banging away on your ‘favorite’ and try another engine!”
Searches multiple engines and directories of your choice, and returns only those documents that appear in the top 10 those tools’ results lists.
Taps the ranking systems of the other engines!
Topic specific page rank vs. global page rank
Every major news story from over 7,000 sources.
News sources Springfield
Pandia Syntax Q-Cards
Search Engine Watch
Pew Internet & American Life: Data Memo on Search Engines http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Data_Memo_Searchengines.pdf84% of online Americans have used search engines – that translates into more than 107 million peopleOn any given day online, more than half those using the Internet use search enginesMore than two-thirds of Internet users say they use search engines at least a couple of times per week. 87% of search engine users say they find the information they want most of the time
(U. Albany) http://library.albany.edu/internet/choose.html
For more information (and for people who love searching):
Search Engine Watch
Steve Bell’s Keeping Up Page
Research Buzz http://www.researchbuzz.com/
Pandia Post http://pandia.com/post/
It is critical that we create search pages customized to the needs of our users.
Pathfinders go online!
They are a cheap and immediate fix for several problems
Pathfinder Models and Examples
A thoughtful alternative to the traditional paper!
Adapt for your own climate!
In the works:
Artists and Movements
Because more libraries are creating online pathfinders, using “pathfinder” as a keyword is likely to pull up some expert advice!