Personalisation of search: take back control - ADDENDUM

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Some of the questions and answers that arose during the workshop held at SAOIM on June 5th, 2012.

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ADDENDUM Personalisation of search: take back control Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services 5th June 2012 Pre-conference workshop, 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting, Sandton Convention Centre: 

ADDENDUM Personalisation of search: take back control Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services 5 th June 2012 Pre-conference workshop, 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting, Sandton Convention Centre Slides are available at http://www.rba.co.uk/as/ karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk Twitter: @karenblakeman http://www.rba.co.uk/ This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

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The following slides are answers to some of the questions that arose during the workshop at SAOIM on June 5 th . If I have missed any significant ones or you have suddenly thought of a question email me at karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk and I will update the slides. 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 2

Google Advanced Search screen has a box for "all these words". Does this force Google to look for all of your search terms?: 

Google Advanced Search screen has a box for "all these words". Does this force Google to look for all of your search terms? Unfortunately it doesn't. Google still follows the approach as described by Dan Russell in a response to one of my blog postings. “....it’s clear that people will often write long queries (with anywhere from 5 to 10 terms) for which there are no results. Google will then selectively remove the terms that are the lowest frequency to give you some results (rather than none)....Soft AND is a way to reduce the overall frustration and give the searcher something to examine (and with luck, a chance to reformulate their query).” http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2011/11/08/dear-google-stop-messing-with-my-search/#comments The only way to force Google to look for all of your words is to use the Verbatim option in the left hand menu on the results page 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 3

Does Google Scholar use the same search techniques as Google's main web search?: 

Does Google Scholar use the same search techniques as Google's main web search? Google Scholar has its own Advanced Search screen and still appears to look for all of your search terms in your documents. You can also still use the +sign before a word to force an exact match search, and the cached copy of the article still highlights the search terms within the document (no longer available with web search). When ranking documents Google Scholar looks at where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature. 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 4

I can't find the H-Index for one of our academics in Google Scholar: 

I can't find the H-Index for one of our academics in Google Scholar For Google Scholar to calculate an H-index for an author, the author has to set up a profile within Google Scholar and "claim" their papers. If they have done so their name in the search results will be obviously hyperlinked and you will be able to click through to their profile and see the H-index. 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 5

Example of Google Scholar author profile and H-index: 

Example of Google Scholar author profile and H-index 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 6

Where has Google Scholar Advanced Search Gone?: 

Where has Google Scholar Advanced Search Gone? It's hidden under the little arrow in the search box (It took me a while to find it!) 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 7

Is Mendeley useful for finding quality papers?: 

Is Mendeley useful for finding quality papers? Mendeley.com enables researchers collaborate and organise bookmarks and copies of articles that are being used as part of their research or included in a publication. It also enables the creation of bibliographies and offers citation styles for over a 1000 journals. When using Mendeley as a research tool remember that it is not comprehensive. As well as acting as a quality filter mechanism it is very useful in tracking down related research or similar articles thus expanding your search, and is a good way of identifying experts on a subject. 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 8

I'm having problems with Blekko's slashtags – I can't seem to find mine now: 

I'm having problems with Blekko's slashtags – I can't seem to find mine now For those who have never used Blekko.com's slashtags , these are a way of setting up a custom search engine. You create a title for your slashtag and them add the sites that you would like to be searched when using it. You have to be signed in to create and save a slashtag . If you are not signed in to Blekko when using your slashtag you will have to include your user name as part of the slashtag , for example wind turbines karenblakeman/renewable This assumes that you have made the slash tag public. If you have kept it private then you will have to be signed in to Blekko to use it. If you are signed in and it is your slashtag then the search would be wind turbines /renewable The problem could be that you are not signed in and your slashtag is private or you may have forgotten your username and slashtag title. 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 9

I'm going mad with all the changes in search and I have to prepare training materials for students. Is there an easy way to keep up?: 

I'm going mad with all the changes in search and I have to prepare training materials for students. Is there an easy way to keep up? Even if you keep up with all the changes, what you see on your screen will not be what they see on theirs. It's important that they know how results can be changed by previous searches and social network activity, and whether or not one is signed in to a network. Then show them some of the tricks we covered in the session that can "depersonalise" search results (although personalisation is not always bad). As for keeping up with what is going on try following Search Engine Land http://searchengineland.com/ and Search Engine Watch http://searchenginewatch.com/ . Although they concentrate on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) they watch the search engines and social networks like hawks and are often the first to notice major changes that Google, for example, forgets to tell us about! 18/11/2013 www.rba.co.uk 10