Tricks and Tips for Better Web Search [Archive]

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Free seminar given by Karen Blakeman at Online Information 2007, on Thursday, 6th December 2007, Olympia, London Please note: this presentation is over 2 years old and is an archive copy. It may still be of interest to you should you wish to see how we were using and searching electronic media in the past but please remember that some of the information it contains is now out of date.

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Tricks and Tips for Better Web Search: 

Tricks and Tips for Better Web Search Thursday 6th December, 2007, Theatre E, 12.15-12.45 Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services & UKeiG Committee Member Stand 734

A search engine’s results may vary: 

A search engine’s results may vary 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 2

Google: 

Google 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 3

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09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 4

Google News: 

Google News 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 5

search.yahoo.co.uk, search.yahoo.com: 

search.yahoo.co.uk, search.yahoo.com 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 6

Live UK vs Live US: 

Live UK vs Live US 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 7

Changing Google ‘country’: 

Changing Google ‘country’ 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 8

Limiting searches to country or region: 

Limiting searches to country or region 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 9

Country Search Tools: 

Country Search Tools 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 10

Increase the number of results displayed : 

Increase the number of results displayed 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 11

Standard search features: 

Standard search features 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 12

General techniques: 

General techniques 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 13

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09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 14

General techniques: 

General techniques 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 15

Check out search ‘suggestions’: 

Check out search ‘suggestions’ 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 16

Check out the search results suggestions: 

Check out the search results suggestions 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 17

Check out the search results suggestions: 

Check out the search results suggestions 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 18

Date searching: 

Date searching 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 19

Google Scholar date search: 

Google Scholar date search 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 20

Academic Live Date Search: 

Academic Live Date Search 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 21

Learn “command line” searching: 

Learn “command line” searching 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 22

Google oddity: 

Google oddity 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 23

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09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 24 Site:charity-commission.gov.uk grants Google sees the capital ‘S’ and the hyphen in charity-commission and thinks the site search is a phrase search!

Proximity searching: 

Proximity searching 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 25

Link commands compared: 

Link commands compared 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 26

Unique Google search features: 

Unique Google search features 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 27

Google numeric range: 

Google numeric range 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 28

Unique Google search features (2): 

Unique Google search features (2) 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 29

Exalead: 

Exalead 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 30

Think type of information: 

Think type of information 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 31

Should you be using standard search engines?: 

Should you be using standard search engines? 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 32

‘Disappearing’ pages: 

‘Disappearing’ pages 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 33

http://www.archive.org/ : 

http://www.archive.org/ 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 34

Forgotten which search tool to use?http://www.intelways.com/ : 

Forgotten which search tool to use? http://www.intelways.com/ 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 35

Better Web Search: 

Better Web Search 09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 36

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09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 37

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09 March 2008 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 38 Karen Blakeman Tel: +44 118 947 2256 karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk http://www.rba.co.uk/ Blog: http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/ This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License

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