Personalisation of Search - 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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Personalisation of Search - ADDENDUM

  1. 1. ADDENDUM Personalisation of search: take back control Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services 5th June 2012Pre-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
  2. 2. The following slides are answers to some of the questions thatarose during the workshop at SAOIM on June 5th. If I havemissed any significant ones or you have suddenly thought of aquestion email me at karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk and I willupdate the slides.11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 2
  3. 3. Google Advanced Search screen has a box for"all these words". Does this force Google to lookfor all of your search terms?Unfortunately it doesnt. Google still follows the approach as describedby Dan Russell in a response to one of my blog postings.“....it’s clear that people will often write long queries (with anywherefrom 5 to 10 terms) for which there are no results. Google will thenselectively remove the terms that are the lowest frequency to give yousome results (rather than none)....Soft AND is a way to reduce theoverall frustration and give the searcher something to examine (andwith luck, a chance to reformulate their query).”http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2011/11/08/dear-google-stop-messing-with-mThe only way to force Google to look for all of your words is to use theVerbatim option in the left hand menu on the results page11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 3
  4. 4. Does Google Scholar use the same searchtechniques as Googles main web search?Google Scholar has its own Advanced Search screen and stillappears to look for all of your search terms in your documents.You can also still use the +sign before a word to force an exactmatch search, and the cached copy of the article still highlightsthe search terms within the document (no longer available withweb search).When ranking documents Google Scholar looks at where it waspublished, who it was written by, as well as how often and howrecently it has been cited in other scholarly literature.11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 4
  5. 5. I cant find the H-Index for one of our academics inGoogle ScholarFor Google Scholar to calculate an H-index for an author, the authorhas to set up a profile within Google Scholar and "claim" their papers. Ifthey have done so their name in the search results will be obviouslyhyperlinked and you will be able to click through to their profile and seethe H-index.11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 5
  6. 6. Example of Google Scholar author profileand H-index11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 6
  7. 7. Where has Google Scholar Advanced SearchGone?Its hidden under the little arrow in the search box (It took me awhile to find it!)11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 7
  8. 8. Is Mendeley useful for finding quality papers?Mendeley.com enables researchers collaborate and organisebookmarks and copies of articles that are being used as part oftheir research or included in a publication. It also enables thecreation of bibliographies and offers citation styles for over a1000 journals.When using Mendeley as a research tool remember that it is notcomprehensive. As well as acting as a quality filter mechanism itis very useful in tracking down related research or similar articlesthus expanding your search, and is a good way of identifyingexperts on a subject.11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 8
  9. 9. Im having problems with Blekkos slashtags – I cantseem to find mine nowFor those who have never used Blekko.coms slashtags, these are a way ofsetting up a custom search engine. You create a title for your slashtag andthem add the sites that you would like to be searched when using it. Youhave 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 toinclude your user name as part of the slashtag, for example wind turbines karenblakeman/renewableThis assumes that you have made the slash tag public. If you have kept itprivate 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 /renewableThe problem could be that you are not signed in and your slashtag isprivate or you may have forgotten your username and slashtag title.11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 9
  10. 10. Im going mad with all the changes in search and Ihave to prepare training materials for students. Is there aneasy way to keep up?Even if you keep up with all the changes, what you see on your screenwill not be what they see on theirs. Its important that they know howresults can be changed by previous searches and social networkactivity, and whether or not one is signed in to a network. Then showthem some of the tricks we covered in the session that can"depersonalise" search results (although personalisation is not alwaysbad).As for keeping up with what is going on try following Search EngineLand http://searchengineland.com/ and Search Engine Watchhttp://searchenginewatch.com/. Although they concentrate on SEO(Search Engine Optimisation) they watch the search engines andsocial networks like hawks and are often the first to notice majorchanges that Google, for example, forgets to tell us about!11/06/12 www.rba.co.uk 10

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