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Google: On knowing where to start

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We all search Google. But I am not sure if we’re always sure of the most effective place to begin our Google searches.  The basic and familiar search box may not be the only one and it may not be the smartest place to begin. Among the Google options are Books, Images, News, Newspapers and […]

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start

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I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved verb status, we have other choices well worth discovering. And it’s kinda in our ballpark to ensure that appropriate choices are easily available on both […]

Some secret strategies for serious searchers

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I designed and currently teach a course called Search and the Information Landscape.  What I love about the course is getting my graduate students to think about their search habits and recognize what works. I also introduce a few classic strategies that have been around in the literature about online searching since the pre-web days. What […]

A custom solution: Creating a Google Custom Search Engine

How do we keep our kids focused in their free Web searches while we ensure their discovery of the stuff we know is worthy of discovering?  A Google Custom Search Engine could be the answer. A Google Custom search (or CSE) allows you to guide searchers to the sites you want them to search or […]

Heather’s Research Xpress


How many times have you stopped a lesson to review or re-teach a skill and wished you had a little video tutorial that meets the needs of your learning community? How many times have you wished you could share a little video to explain a search concept to your students who were working on their […]

New Creative Commons image search in beta

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I am a little late to the table in discovering Creative Commons’ new search tool.  But if you are late like me, you’ll want to update your links to include this important resource. Creative Commons, of course, offers alternate copyright licenses that allow creators to decide how and if they want their work to be attributed, […]

JSTOR Text Analyzer

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JSTOR Labs recently announced Text Analyzer.  If you have access to the JSTOR database, you’ll want share this new search strategy with your students and faculty. Upload or drag a document–an article, a Google document, a paper you are writing, a PDF or even an image–into what JSTOR is calling its magic box, and Text Analyzer will analyze it to […]

Exploring news visually


News junkie alert!  Check out IBM Watson’s News Explorer, a fascinating semantic strategy for navigating up-to-the-minute news, and lots of it. News Explorer presents and connects 300,00 articles a day from 70,000 sources including newspapers, radio and Twitter–visualizing this vast textual content into entities and concepts. The application uses Watson’s AlchemyData News API and allows […]

JournalTOCs and other “pushy” scholarly tools

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Here’s a little current awareness tip. But first, a little library history.  In my first library jobs, in special libraries at the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and the Franklin Institute, one of my jobs was to copy and distribute tables of contents from new issues of journals and magazines to the professionals and scientists whose practice […]