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OpenMagazineCustomSearch: a survival strategy

In my last post, I discussed EBSCO’s announcement of its newly exclusive content, and my budget concerns, and the strange fact that most of these magazines currently provide their content for free, and the fact that we can now create our own search engines using Google Custom search

Here is the result of my first-try experiment.

If you want recent articles, it works best with a year in the search box.

I know, it certainly does not offer any of the wonderful filters and metatags or sorting abilities of subscription databases.  It’s messy. It’s merely a survival strategy. 

Anyway, it’s possible.  Here’s a link.

google.load(‘search’, ’1′, {language : ‘en’});
google.setOnLoadCallback(function(){
var customSearchControl = new google.search.CustomSearchControl(’015916367782967805207:axqhgchdlhy’);
customSearchControl.setResultSetSize(google.search.Search.SMALL_RESULTSET);
customSearchControl.draw(‘cse’);
}, true);

google.load(‘search’, ’1′, {language : ‘en’});
google.setOnLoadCallback(function(){
var customSearchControl = new google.search.CustomSearchControl(’015916367782967805207:axqhgchdlhy’);
customSearchControl.setResultSetSize(google.search.Search.SMALL_RESULTSET);
customSearchControl.draw(‘cse’);
}, true);

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Eric Bateman says:

    The best part about custom searches is that they can be, well, customized! I developed a whole set tailored around specific content areas and information needs and integrated them with the CA Library site — calibrary.edublogs.org/custom-searches/
    I take suggestions from teachers on sites to include, and add my own that I think would be useful. The best part (besides being free) is you can integrate the results into your own page design, so it looks like you’re doing a lot more work than you actually are! The best solution? Not by a long shot…but it’s nice to get Google to work for you.

  2. Karen Hornberger says:

    Joyce,
    I’m new to Google Custom Search Engines (learned via Mary Schwander). Mary created a Literary Criticism custom search and I have since created a Holocaust custom search. What has my mind churning is that it would be excellent to share them versus recreate the wheel but it appears that the editing is only controlled by the creator. I’m wondering 1. how best to share them (maybe house them on a wiki) 2. how best to suggest edits/additions to the creator – there seems to be no contact the creator link…
    What are your thoughts?

    I agree that we need to search alternatives to monopolies that will ultimately drive costs artificially high.
    Thanks for bringing this up!

  3. joycevalenza says:

    Karen, I will invite anyone into mine! I have one for primary sources too. Just ask to contribute. Also feel free to embed. That’s the beauty!

  4. Thomas Kaun says:

    Hi, Joyce.
    I’ve been using Google Custom Search boxes for a number of years now and have them on specific pages on my website. I think they work great.
    One problem I see with searching specific periodicals is that (like the NY Times) they are beginning to be more and more stingy with access. Money, money, money is the name of the game and we are all going to have to figure our work-arounds. BTW, I’m sure a lot of us got an email from Gale today complaining about EBSCO’s recent competitive tactics. I sit on EBSCO’s K12 Advisory Board so it wouldn’t be prudent of me to comment too much except to say: “Competition is a b****!” Can comparisons be made between EBSCO and Microsoft/Google-like giants? Perhaps but generally I believe that what is in today is out tomorrow and we never know what time will bring–we just need to keep developing strategies to keep up.
    Looking forward to hearing from you this Saturday in CA.

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