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Presentation given at the Association or UK Media Librarians conference (AUKML), 19th April 2008 …

Presentation given at the Association or UK Media Librarians conference (AUKML), 19th April 2008

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using and searching electronic media in the past but please remember that some of the information it contains is now out of date.

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  • Search Tricks & Techniques 2 June 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2006
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    • 1. Update on Search Tools Karen Blakeman RBA Information Services & UKeiG 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk AUKML Conference 2008 – Information Professionals Adding Value
    • 2. What Google's homepage may look like in 2084 www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2005/10/10/opinion/1010opart.html 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 3. New Google Advanced Search screen 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 4. Google site links and results suggestions 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 5. Custom Google Search Engines
      • AlacraSearch
        • http://www.alacra.com/alacrasearch
      • pipl
        • http://www.pipl.com/
      • Chipwrapper
        • http://www.chipwrapper.co.uk/
      • Twitterment
        • http://www.twitterment.com/
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 6. http://www.alacra.com/alacrasearch/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 7. pipl
      • http://www.pipl.com/
      • Review at http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2007/05/05/pipl-people-search-beta/
      • Searches ‘hidden’ web + Google search
        • blog search, Google Groups, LinkedIn, Flickr, Google Scholar, Electoral Roll, Directories, Amazon, Hoovers, Zoominfo etc.
        • Google web search results not the same as an ordinary Google search – they incorporate terms such as resume, CV
          • does not always come up with better results
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 8. pipl search for Karen Blakeman (1) 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 9. pipl search for Karen Blakeman (2) 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 10. Chipwrapper.co.uk
      • Google Custom Search engine
      • Searches everything available on 15 free UK News Sites
      • No date sort option but typing in the year sometimes works
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 11. Twitterment 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 12. Try different search tools 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk http://ranking.thumbshots.com/
    • 13. Yahoo!
      • http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ http://search.yahoo.com/
      • Results compare favourable with Google’s, sometimes better
      • Results are ranked in a different order to Google
      • Boolean AND, OR, NOT and parentheses
      • Indexes first 500 K of a document (Google 101 K)
      • Region command (inherited from Inktomi)
        • region:
        • e.g. region:europe, region:mediterranean
        • others are africa, asia, centralamerica, northamerica, southamerica, mideast, southeastasia, downunder
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 14. http://au.alpha.yahoo.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 15. Ask
      • http://www.ask.com/ , http://www.ask.co.uk/
      • Formerly Ask Jeeves
      • Web, news, local search, images, movies, blogs
      • Zoom
        • suggestions for narrowing down or expanding your search
      • Particularly good for blogs
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 16. Ask UK http://www.ask.co.uk/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 17. Ask.com BigNews 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 18. Exalead
      • http://www.exalead.com/
      • http://www.exalead.co.uk/
      • Supports wild cards
        • asterisk (*) at the end of a word
          • pollut* finds pollute, pollutant, polluting etc.
      • NEAR - finds words within 16 terms of one another
        • NEAR/n finds words within n number of terms one another
          • climate NEAR/3 change
      • Approximate spelling, phonetic search
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 19. http://www.exalead.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 20. http://www.exalead.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 21. Exalead’s Wikipedia interface 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 22. Exalead Baagz 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 23. Windows Live Search
      • http://www.live.com/
      • Was MSN Search
      • Results tend to be more consumer oriented
      • Has the most up to date database
      • Possibly has the most extensive database of web pages
      • Good image search option
      • Video, Book, Feeds and Academic Live
      • Feed command for locating RSS feeds on a specified web site
        • site:bbc.co.uk feed:bbc.co.uk
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 24. Live.com image search 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 25. 27 November 2006 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk http://maps.live.com/
    • 26. Flash Earth – http://www.flashearth.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 27. Check out search ‘suggestions’ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 28. Check out the search results suggestions 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 29. http://www.silobreaker.com/
      • covers free resources
      • news, blogs, video, images
      • market trends
      • geographical location of stories
      • people
      • networks
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 30. Blog searching
      • Google Blogsearch
        • http://www.google.com/blogsearch
      • Ask – Blogs
        • http://www.ask.com/
      • Exalead
        • http://www.exalead.com/
        • limit search to Site Type Blog
      • Live Search
        • http://www.live.com/ and select Feeds
      • Blog and feed search tools
        • Technorati, Blogpulse
        • Quacktrack – http://www.quacktrack.com/
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 31. Blogpulse search and trends 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk Click on the graph to see ‘trends’
    • 32. Blogpulse trends 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 33. Blogpulse Trends 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 34. Video, audio, images and other ‘stuff’
      • Check out video and audio search tools for interviews, television and radio news items
      • News and corporate communications via YouTube channel
        • http://www.youtube.com/
      • Flickr photos may reveal additional information on events, sponsorships and links to other companies and people
        • http://www.flickr.com/
      • Blinkz - http://www.blinkx.com/ for television and cable news services
      • Twitter
        • http://www.twitter.com/
        • http://www.twitterment.com/
      • Check out http://www.intelways.com/ search tools
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 35. Advertising
      • Run a search on Google video or Yahoo video to track down television and cinema adverts
      • Visit4Info
        • http://www.visit4info.com /
        • last 3 months of adverts free
        • European press, TV, cinema
      • Adverteyes
        • http://www.adverteyes.biz /
        • who said what, where and when
      • Creative Club
        • http://www.creativeclub.co.uk/
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 36. Visit4info 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 37. http://www.tafiti.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 38. Original Tafiti 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 39. http://www.tafiti.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 40. http://www.kartoo.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 41. http://www.kvisu.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 42. http://www.kvisu.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 43. http://www.quintura.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 44. Cluuz
      • http://www.cluuz.com/
      • “ Cluuz … core technology understands the relationship between the entities, terms, or persons searched leading to more relevant, easy to understand search results”
      • Not totally intuitive but the network visualisation is ‘cool’
      • The links in the network visualisation do not always relate to the same person or organisation but they are usually working in a similar field or subject area
      • Results vary from one day to the next, one hour to the next!
      • Nevertheless, definitely worth a look
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 45. Cluuz 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 46. Compare search engines
      • Graball.com
        • http://www.graball.com/
        • compares two search engines of your choice side by side
      • SearchBoth.co.uk
        • http://www.searchboth.co.uk/
        • similar to Graball
      • TripleMe
        • http://www.tripleme.com/
        • compares Google, Yahoo and Live side by side
      • FuzzFind
        • http://www.fuzzfind.com/
        • searches Google, Yahoo, Live, Del.icio.us
      • Zuula
        • http://www.zuula.com
        • runs your search through a range of search tools one by one – order can be customised
      • Intelways
        • http://www.intelways.com/
        • runs your search through a plethora of search tools one by one
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 47. FuzzFind 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk http://www.fuzzfind.com/
    • 48. Zuula
      • http://www.zuula.com/
      2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 49. http://www.intelways.com/ 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 50. 2 June 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk Karen Blakeman RBA Information Services Tel: 0118 947 2256 Int. Tel: +44 118 947 2256 [email_address] http://www.rba.co.uk/ blog: http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/ on Facebook – Karen Blakeman Twitter: karenblakeman This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License

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