Searching without Google

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Online Information 2011 pre-conference workshop delivered on 28th November 2011, Olympia, London


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Searching without Google:

Searching without Google Online Information, 2011 #online11 Karen Blakeman Twitter: @karenblakeman This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License X X X X

Outline for the day:

Outline for the day Overview of how Google (possibly) works, current issues and problems Alternative general search tools Specialist search tools, including social media Your strategies for the future Please note: the printed slides were created over a week ago and there may have been new developments since then. This means that in the live workshop we may cover additional tools and techniques or that some may no longer be available. 27/11/2011 2

Google knows best :

Google knows best 27/11/2011 3 Hewish mild Google decided to change my search to Jewish mild = Google decides that coots are lions – changed a search for coots mating behaviour to lions mating behaviour

No plus sign any more and Google ignores “...”:

No plus sign any more and Google ignores “...” Dear Google, stop messing with my search : 27/11/2011 4

Google can seriously damage your news :

Google can seriously damage your news Experiment by Mary Ellen Bates Is Google really filtering my news? - Librarian of Fortune Highlights More than a quarter of the stories showed up in only one searcher’s results Almost one in five searchers saw a story that no one else saw Only 12% of searchers saw the same three stories in the same order And it’s about to get worse - Google News Launches "Standout" Tag for Featured Content 27/11/2011 5

Google's Collateral Damage: SEO Cat & Mouse Game :

Google's Collateral Damage: SEO Cat & Mouse Game 27/11/2011 6 Google revenues - $29.321 billion ($8.505 billion net) - Q1+Q2+Q3=$27.301 billion ($7.032 billion net) 2011 Financial Tables - Google Investor Relations

How Google works:

How Google works “ Dear Bing, We Have 10,000 Ranking Signals To Your 1,000. Love, Google” Over 200 hundred “signals” Each may have over 50 variations / 27/11/2011 7

Google knows us so well:

Google knows us so well 27/11/2011 8 Google personalises and tailors your results depending on your location, computer, browser, past searches, what you have looked at in the past, your +1s, your blocked sites, Google experiments, your Google+ account, your other social networks, what you do on your android phone, what you had for breakfast...and anything else it can find by rummaging around in your Google dashboard. Check your dashboard at


Google is doing its own thing: Assuming typos without giving you the option to refuse the so-called “correction” Looks for obscure variations and synonyms ‘+’ sign to enforce exact match has been removed Sometimes ignores quotation marks around phrases Not including all of your terms in the search BUT we do now have Verbatim search – exact match search and removes personalisation What I see on my screen for a search is not what you’ll see on yours for the same search 27/11/2011 9

Google Verbatim search:

Google Verbatim search Run your search first and then select Verbatim from the left hand menu on your results page Appears that you can include advanced search commands in your strategy Google: Verbatim for exact match search 27/11/2011 10

Google searches – zeolites environmental remediation:

Google searches – zeolites environmental remediation 27/11/2011 11 “Normal” search Verbatim (identical to &pws=0) Chrome Incognito

Google is good at....:

Google is good at.... Localisation Country versions give priority to local content Localisation at town/city level may have to tell Google where you are based don’t have to tell Google my town if I am looking a local restaurant, taxi or plumber especially useful when using a mobile device Personalisation? Varies from person to person as to whether it is useful Image search Maps (better than Bing for many countries) Google Finance Overall coverage and rolling out features worldwide 27/11/2011 12


Yahoo Now uses Bing’s web and image databases and generates the same results except in Japan and Korea Losing its unique commands Site Explorer gone (along with link and linkdomain commands?) Up for sale? Is there any point recommending it for general searching? 27/11/2011 13 Sometimes more up to date than Google and some unique content Results tend to be more consumer/retail oriented Most of the interesting developments and features are only ever available in the US version Bing advanced search screen minimalist - need to use commands detailed list at Advanced Operator Reference (some no longer work) Bing Adds Adaptive Search, Customized by Your Search History - Search Engine Watch 27/11/2011 14


Bing 27/11/2011 15 Bing starting to behave like Google and automatically correcting “mistakes” Need to prefix terms with + signs or use “..” around terms to force exact match

Bing Maps:

Bing Maps “Classic” uses Sliverlight more interactive automatically changes type of view as you zoom in Multimap, Birdseye, Aerial, Streetside (not available for all towns or countries), Ordnance Survey Map view for UK “After Little Resistance in Germany, Bing Expands Streetside Photos Across Europe” Often has problems finding correct location 27/11/2011 16

Bing Maps:

Bing Maps 27/11/2011 17 ??


DuckDuckGo No tracking, no “filter bubble” site: inbody: intitle: filetype: sort:date to sort by date (uses results from Blekko) region:cc (e.g. de) to boost a country Syntax and keyboard shortcuts at Maths, conversions, programming syntax and shortcuts answer at top of results usually from Wolfram Alpha !bang commands DuckDuckGo – silly name but a neat little search tool 27/11/2011 18


DuckDuckGo 27/11/2011 19


Blekko slashtags for sorting by date (/date), searching for images (/images) and videos (/videos) Use public slashtags to search a group of web sites covering a particular topic or type of site e.g. /energy Or create your own slashtag to search your specified list of sites (similar to Google Custom Search Engines) wind turbine electricity generation /karenblakeman/renewable “Musings about librarianship: Using Blekko to search across thousands of library sites” 27/11/2011 20


Blekko Does not always search for all of your terms Cannot do filetype, inurl, intitle searches Drop down menu next to page in results list for site search (or use /site) similar pages (or use /similar) inbound links to the page (or use /links) 27/11/2011 21

Blekko link commands:

Blekko link commands Find pages that link to a page or website pages with similar content, what people are saying about a page, following up a story Use slashtags ‘/links’ and ‘/domainlinks’ with a URL or domain me. /links will find pages /domainlinks Yahoo Site Explorer closes – try Blekko instead 27/11/2011 22 – seo option for links to a page: – seo option for links to a page 27/11/2011 23

iSeek - web:

iSeek - web Uses Google as a source as well as Bing and its own crawler 27/11/2011 24

iSeek - education:

iSeek - education 27/11/2011 25 27/11/2011 26 (uses Yahoo): (uses Yahoo) 27/11/2011 27

Finding country specific search engines:

Finding country specific search engines Difficult to find up to date listings Country search engines and Regional Search Engines Country versions of main search engines China Baidu Russia Yandex Czech Republic Seznam

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha “Computational Knowledge Engine” Very good for calculations and conversions Curated information Can be very out of date Sometimes very wrong No references to original source Have to ask the question in the right way 27/11/2011 29

Google Scholar:

Google Scholar A useful place to start your research or if you are looking for a specific paper but..... No source list, not comprehensive and omits many key scientific publications Does not use publishers’ meta data Author search unreliable, search on year of publication unreliable Sometimes does weird things with your search terms Peter Jasco - Google Scholar's Ghost Authors, Lost Authors, and Other Problems Even so, better in some ways than the free competition 27/11/2011 30

Microsoft Academic Search:

Microsoft Academic Search 27/11/2011 31

Microsoft Academic Search:

Microsoft Academic Search Problems coverage sometimes gets the author completely wrong “Will the Real Scott Wilson Please Stand Up, Please Stand Up” 27/11/2011 32 M Edwards should be Martin Edwards not Maria-Benedicta Edwards Desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers 27/11/2011 33

News -

News - 27/11/2011 34

Silobreaker - networks:

Silobreaker - networks 27/11/2011 35 Can change the emphasis using the slider bars

Stock markets and company financials:

Stock markets and company financials Yahoo Finance Started long before Google Finance, but how much longer will it last? More information provided by Google Finance Both use Thomson Reuters, SEC Edgar 27/11/2011 36

Yahoo Finance:

Yahoo Finance 27/11/2011 37

Stock markets and company financials:

Stock markets and company financials Share Price and Stock Market Information List of Stock Exchanges Official Company Registers OpenCorporates: The Open Database Of The Corporate World (use with care) 27/11/2011 38


Intute Closed in July 2011 Web site still available but not being updated. 27/11/2011 39

Selected specialist tools - URLs:

Selected specialist tools - URLs 27/11/2011 40


Chemspider Royal Society of Chemistry initiative Information compiled from multiple sources Do not need to know any chemistry to search it 27/11/2011 41


Biznar Real-time federated search of selected business sources Can narrow down by topic Includes social media but you may want to remove at least Google Groups from the list – Advanced Search and uncheck the relevant boxes 27/11/2011 42


TechXtra Engineering, mathematics and computing Good for technical reports and specifications 27/11/2011 43


PhilPapers “PhilPapers is a comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers.” Human and editorial input - not just a “bot” 27/11/2011 44


Mednar By the same people who created Biznar 27/11/2011 45


Scirus Elsevier Both journals and independent web sites Good advanced search options Full text of most journal articles priced 27/11/2011 46


Pubmed 27/11/2011 47


Healthmash Pulls together information from a variety of health related web sites and social media 27/11/2011 48

Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Veterinärmedizin:

Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Veterinärmedizin 27/11/2011 49

COnnecting REpositories - CORE:

COnnecting REpositories - CORE / “UK’s first open access full-text search engine to aid research JISC” 27/11/2011 50

Yet more.....:

Yet more..... Institutional Repository Search BioMed Central | The Open Access Publisher DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals 27/11/2011 51

PowerPoint Presentation:

Where to find new scholarly research papers: 30 key, free websites Roddy Macleod's Blog Selected resources from the blog and comments Science Daily: News & Articles in Science, Health, Environment & Technology : DRIVER Search Portal NEP: New Economics Papers CiteULike : Everyone's library The DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP) HighWire (Stanford University) 27/11/2011 52

Statistics :

Statistics 27/11/2011 53

The Guardian:

The Guardian Guardian data store - data journalism and data visualization h ttp:// Data and analysis on topics that are in the news, links to the original datasets are provided Guardian World Government Data 27/11/2011 54

Open Data Directory:

Open Data Directory 27/11/2011 55


Zanran Zanran – a new data search engine 27/11/2011 56

Market research:

Market research Use aggregators as an index to identify likely publishers and go direct to those publishers Research and Markets Report Buyer MindBranch 27/11/2011 57

Images - Bing:

Images - Bing 27/11/2011 58


Bing 27/11/2011 59 Options in the left hand sidebar similar to Google “More sizes” but no “similar” option

Bing – Visual Search:

Bing – Visual Search 27/11/2011 60 Not available in all country versions – content varies

Bing – Visual Search:

Bing – Visual Search 27/11/2011 61 Check accuracy of associated information - may be out of date


Flickr Flickr Creative Commons or advanced search screen Use Advanced Search for date options 27/11/2011 62

Compfight – :

Compfight – Search interface for Flickr Can select Creative Commons or photos that can be used commercially 27/11/2011 63

Images - other sources for Creative Commons and public domain images :

Images - other sources for Creative Commons and public domain images Idee Inc Multicolr Search Lab Wikimedia Commons check the licence information towards the bottom of the page e.g. - public domain Geograph Creative Commons 2.0 Most of the images on US government web sites are public domain (but do check) NASA - public domain 27 November 2011 Karen Blakeman 64

Multicolr Search Lab :

Multicolr Search Lab Search for up to 5 colours – can adjust proportions of colour No key word searching of content Flickr creative commons images – clicking on an image takes you to its Flickr page 27 November 2011 Karen Blakeman 65


Video YouTube, Google Video search (not the same as YouTube), iTunes, iTunes U Blinkx - good for catching up with news Zuula - click on the video tab Browsys Finder click on the video tab 27 November 2011 Karen Blakeman 66

Bing Videos:

Bing Videos 27/11/2011 67

Social media as part of search:

Social media as part of search Social and professional networks included in both Google’s and Bing’s results – degree of integration depends on whether you are signed in to an account It is where many organisations and companies market and promote their services and products It is where the conversations about companies, products and services are taking place It is where people share information People expect organisations to automatically pick up on their complaints and problems Now an essential part of search 27/11/2011 68 For companies as well as people Boolean Black Belt-Sourcing/Recruiting 27/11/2011 69 – ‘Trend this’: – ‘Trend this’ 27/11/2011 70 27/11/2011 71 27/11/2011 72


Icerocket 27/11/2011 73 27/11/2011 74 - create your own newspaper: - create your own newspaper 27/11/2011 75 – individual Twitterstream – individual Twitterstream 27/11/2011 76 – keyword – keyword 27/11/2011 77

Suffering withdrawal symptoms?:

Suffering withdrawal symptoms? 27/11/2011 78 Decide which sites you want to search and design your own Google custom search engine

Create your own search engine using something else:

Create your own search engine using something else Create a slashtag Musings about librarianship: Using Blekko to search across thousands of library sites Gigablast Custom Topic Search up to 500 sites 27/11/2011 79

Want to explore other stuff?

Want to explore other stuff? Type in your search once and work your way through the search tools Can edit the order of the search tools and remove unwanted ones 27/11/2011 80

Keeping up to date:

Keeping up to date Inside Search Official Google Blog Search Engine Land Search Engine Watch Boolean Black Belt-Sourcing/Recruiting Karen Blakeman’s Blog Phil Bradley's weblog 27/11/2011 81

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