WebSearch Academy: If not Google then what?(edited highlights)

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Edited highlights from the presentation given at the WebSearch Academy, 17th October 2016, held in the Olympia Conference Centre, London.


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31/10/2016 1 WebSearch Academy 2016 If not Google, then what? Internet Librarian International, London 17 th October 2016 karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk

Alternatives to Google – what to look for:

Alternatives to Google – what to look for Does the search tool automatically look for synonyms and variations on your terms? Does it drop terms from your search? Personalisation? filetype: command or similar to search for document formats e.g. car ownership UK filetype:xlsx site: command to limit your search to a specific site or type of site, for example renewable energy site:www.gov.uk Limit your search by date Specialist tools 31/10/2016 2

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31/10/2016 3 MAYBE !

Bing.com – looks a lot like Google:

Bing.com – looks a lot like Google 31/10/2016 4

Bing http://www.bing.com/ :

Bing http://www.bing.com/ Results seem to be more consumer/retail focused more ‘shopping’ than research results improve as soon as you start using the advanced search commands Sometimes more up to date than Google updates sites more frequently (but does not seem to like Blogger) adds new sites more quickly useful if you are looking for information on a new company or organisation BUT some search features and options available only to US users changing location /version of Bing does not always work using anonymous proxy does not always work 31/10/2016 5


Bing No advanced search screen on Bing - use commands List at Advanced Operator Reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795620.aspx filetype: site: inbody : intitle : “...” around phrases AND, NOT, OR parentheses for relatively complex Boolean searches (but don’t go mad) [ near:n proximity operator no longer seems to work as described but still in the list of operators ] 31/10/2016 6

Bing limit by date – UK version:

Bing limit by date – UK version 31/10/2016 7

Bing limit by date – US version:

Bing limit by date – US version 31/10/2016 8


Bing Bing images – good alternative to Google Bing videos – good alternative to Google (includes YouTube in results) Bing maps – much improved over the last 2-3 years and generally a good alternative to Google. Some aspects e.g. mapping of lakes, rivers rather vague. Availability of different views including Streetside are dependant on location. Ordnance Survey option for the UK is back Bing news – much improved Close links and integration with Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare Bing Translator ( http://www.bing.com/translator ) – different results compared with Google and just as (un)reliable 31/10/2016 9


Yandex International version at www.yandex.com 31/10/2016 10


Yandex 31/10/2016 11 Click for advanced search

Yandex – Search Operators:

Yandex – Search Operators https://yandex.com/support/search/how-to-search/search-operators.xml site: command mime: but filetype: also works (picks up e.g. . xlsx as well as .xls) Proximity & - words appear in the same sentence e.g. penryn & memorial & garden /n – words/phrases appear within a certain distance of each other e.g. "University of Birmingham" nanotechnology /2 2020 31/10/2016 12

Millionshort http://millionshort.com :

Millionshort http://millionshort.com Great for finding specialist articles that Google and Bing bury beyond reach Useful for researching new, niche technologies or information not well optimised for search engines Can choose how many “top sites” to remove from results - 100, 1000, 10k, 100k, million View which sites have been excluded Specify location Can use site: and filetype: command 31/10/2016 13

DuckDuckGo – http://duckduckgo.com/ :

DuckDuckGo – http://duckduckgo.com/ Does not track, does not personalise, does not share your personal information R esults come from over 400 resources but Yahoo main source “We also of course have more traditional links in the search results, which we primarily source from Yahoo!, and in some regions and scenarios, Yandex and Bing” https://duck.co/help/results/sources Advanced search commands include: filetype: site: [ intitle : not convinced this works ] region:cc (e.g. de) to boost a country [ not sure about this one ] ‘Bang’ (!) short cuts e.g. !w plasmonics to search Wikipedia for information on plasmonics . http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/300304 31/10/2016 14 UPDATE: Yahoo no longer listed as primary source.


Ask http://www.ask.com/ http://uk.ask.com/ 31/10/2016 15


eTools.ch 31/10/2016 16

Carrotsearch http://carrotsearch.com/ :

Carrotsearch http://carrotsearch.com/ 31/10/2016 17

Carrotsearch Circles and Foam Tree :

Carrotsearch Circles and Foam Tree 31/10/2016 18


WolframAlpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/ Computational knowledge engine, curated data Click Examples, Random to get an idea of what it covers 31/10/2016 19


Archives List of Web archiving initiatives https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Web_archiving_initiatives Internet Archive Wayback Machine http://www.archive.org/ UK Government Web Archive | The National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/ UK Web Archive https://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/ Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) http://dera.ioe.ac.uk Archives hub – http://archives.ac.uk/ 31/10/2016 20

Essential Non-Google Search Tools for Researchers – Top Tips http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2016/09/19/essential-non-google-search-tools-for-researchers-top-tips/ :

Essential Non-Google Search Tools for Researchers – Top Tips http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2016/09/19/essential-non-google-search-tools-for-researchers-top-tips / 31/10/2016 21 Top Tips from delegates on a recent non-Google workshop

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