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Alas, poor learners . . .your Wonder Wheel is Gone!

Gary Price’s SearchEngineLand post says it’s official: Google’s Wonder Wheel is dead. According to Gary: The spokesperson said that the search tool was removed due to the “initial stage” of the Google site redesign announced earlier this week.  The new search interface features a smaller logo and links moved to the top and bottom edges […]

The FBI opens its Vault

Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New […]

I hope you’ll search (with skill): a revised letter to my grads

(It’s that time again.  I was thinking about how sad I am going to be to say goodbye to this year’s senior class, and decided to update a piece I first shared in my April 2009 VOYA column.) A letter to my seniors Each spring I watch another class leave me for the university and […]

Google does reading level (and dictionary)

Google announced this one in December and I don’t know how I missed it. Today at edcampphilly, I learned that Google offers a newish feature in its Advanced Search.  (Thanks Dan Callahan!) You can now add a three-level reading level filter to your search using a pulldown.  Options are: no reading level displayed, annotate results […]

INFOdocket and FullTextReports

Gary Price alerts me. I’ve been following his work as editor of ResourceShelf for more than ten years   Now, he and his scouting and writing partner Shirl Kennedy, continue to feed me tasty information leads, in two new information spaces:  INFOdocket and FullTextReports Still shy of two-months old, these prodigious infant sites are engaged in […]

On building a guide for research skills

Returning to those Spring semester reflections . . . It’s been around ten years since we launched our school-wide research initiative.  A number of us on the faculty felt that we needed a little boost.  While I was migrating my pathfinders to LibGuides, I decided to pull together a number of research tools to make […]

Wylio: for image searching, embedding, attributing

photo © 2007 telmo32 | more info (via: WylioWes Fryer turned me on to Wylio earlier this week, suggesting I add it to my Copyright Friendly Pathfinders.  (Here’s our thumbnail version of that pathfinder.). Wylio is a little different from the other CC image portals and I kinda fell instantly in love.  It’s also perfect […]

Qwiki, a new type of multimedia reference engine

Recently, I got an invitation to the alpha release of Qwiki.  This multimedia search tool is a bit different from the others. Here’s a Qwiki profile of John Lennon: Qwiki – John Lennon from Cédric Bellenger on Vimeo. The searcher’s query is answered with an interactive Web collage of relevant images, video, a text essay, […]

A flake-free future :-(

There’s no free lunch.  Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. Always back up your work. I should have learned those lessons years ago. But when PageFlakes died and came back and died again over the past couple of weeks, I was devastated.  Right now, the site seems most sincerely dead. I loved Pageflakes […]

SortFix for searching and thinking about search

Via Richard Byrne’s lovely presentation Best of the EdTech Web 2010, I discovered Sort Fix.  It works as a search tool, a brainstorming tool, and a teaching tool. Sort Fix graphically facilitates search and demonstrates thinking about search refinement.  A behind-the- scenes algorithm scans results to identify and present significant keywords.  Searchers can grab (or […]