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Googling for Answers
The Ins and Outs of Using Google
Effectively
Sonnet Ireland
Google Guru
Earl K. Long Library
Universi...
What are you going to show us?
Some cool Google tricks to find what you need
Different aspects of Google
Quick Answers from Google
Defining a word
define:term
Calculating
Remember PEMDAS
Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide...
Google can even Answer Questions…
When is daylight savings time
When is daylight savings time 2020
What day of the week is...
And tell you the status of your flight
Google the airline and the flight number:
United 1405
JetBlue 1295
American 1805
And help you find the time…
What time is it in Sochi
What time is it in Hawaii
Set Timer
Set Timer 25 minutes
Some Quick Tricks
Wildcard - *
I like big * and I cannot lie
Similar To - ~
~Native American reservations
Either/Or - |
Es...
More Quick Tricks
Quick translate…
translate thank you Russian
Quick financial information…
finance Target
Quick tracking…...
And for a little fun…
Find new music…
sounds like Lorde
Or even new books…
reminds me of Agatha Christie
The music one wor...
Google can be used to limit to…
• A particular site
• A particular type of file
• A time period
You can also exclude words...
Site:
In Google, you can actually specify a particular
type of site to search.
Site:
For instance, you can search for gove...
Examples
foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org
(we’ll come back to this search throughout)
Now you give me terms, and I’ll ...
Specific site:
You can also use Google to search a specific
website…
foreign policy LGBT rights site:hrc.org
Search UNO si...
Filetype:
Sometimes, you remember an awesome file that
you ran across on a website…but you can’t
remember the name or what...
Examples
african american history filetype:pdf
twitter filetype:ppt
citation filetype:pdf
government citation filetype:pdf...
Time Period ..
You can also limit a search using the time period
search.
..
I have to admit that this doesn’t work the way...
Example
Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
Better with the Search Tools…
Excluding -
And back to…
foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org
But we keep getting Wikipedia! I know…
foreign policy LGBT r...
Using Search Tools to Limit Your
Results
And back to…
foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org
Limit by time
Limit by types of...
Advanced Search Screen
Demonstration
Advanced Search Screen
This has gotten trickier to find over the years.
When you are on the Google site, look at the
very ...
Advanced Searching of Images
Now you can search images with Google like
never before…
Limit to Size, Color, Type, or Time....
Other Google Searches
Videos
State of the Union
Books
Basic Business Library
Patents
Windmill
The Other Google
Google Scholar
Option to search articles
library mission statements
Or legal documents
world wildlife fun...
Other Google Sites
Translate
translate.google.com
Finance
google.com/finance
Offers
google.com/offers
Drive
drive.google.c...
Even More…
Demonstration
Even More…
This too is a little bit hidden.
When you are on the Google site, look at the
very top right, next to the Sign ...
Problems with Google
You cannot let yourself become complacent.
The moment you fall in love with a service and
come to rel...
Examples?
Google Reader
iGoogle
GOOG-411
Google Notebook
Google Uncle Sam
Google Health
So what am I supposed to do?
Use Google services and enjoy them while you
can.
If they get rid of something, it’s usually ...
Bing!
What works…?
foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org
foreign policy LGBT rights site:hrc.org
foreign policy LGBT rights...
Bing!
What doesn’t…
Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
Bing!
What I like…
• Becoming more
Google-esque
• Image and Video searches
• Pretty picture
What I don’t…
• Becoming more
...
Yahoo!
What works…
foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org
foreign policy LGBT rights site:hrc.org
foreign policy LGBT rights...
Yahoo!
What doesn’t work…
Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
Yahoo!
What I like…
• “All Search Services” option
• Yahoo! Search Resources
• Yahoo! Advanced Web Search
• Yahoo! Finance...
Google Search Education
http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation
Power Searching Courses
http://www.powersearchi...
Thank you!
Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents & Microforms
Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
sebrown3@...
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Learning with Louis 2014: Googling for Answers

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Just like any tool, the usefulness of Google is determined by the skill of the user. While library databases are ideal for research, it’s important for researchers to understand how to properly use those resources that they will have access to after leaving the University setting. This session will teach you tricks to enhance your Google skills, including Google Scholar, and skills that transfer to other search engines.

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  1. 1. Googling for Answers The Ins and Outs of Using Google Effectively Sonnet Ireland Google Guru Earl K. Long Library University of New Orleans Learning with LOUIS Webinar Friday, April 25, 2014
  2. 2. What are you going to show us? Some cool Google tricks to find what you need Different aspects of Google
  3. 3. Quick Answers from Google Defining a word define:term Calculating Remember PEMDAS Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract Converting units Number unit in converted unit
  4. 4. Google can even Answer Questions… When is daylight savings time When is daylight savings time 2020 What day of the week is the 4th of July Where are the 2018 Olympics Who is secretary of the Dept of Education
  5. 5. And tell you the status of your flight Google the airline and the flight number: United 1405 JetBlue 1295 American 1805
  6. 6. And help you find the time… What time is it in Sochi What time is it in Hawaii Set Timer Set Timer 25 minutes
  7. 7. Some Quick Tricks Wildcard - * I like big * and I cannot lie Similar To - ~ ~Native American reservations Either/Or - | Eskimo | Inuit | Yupik
  8. 8. More Quick Tricks Quick translate… translate thank you Russian Quick financial information… finance Target Quick tracking… 1Z3948A0YW96226411
  9. 9. And for a little fun… Find new music… sounds like Lorde Or even new books… reminds me of Agatha Christie The music one works a little bit better, in my opinion.
  10. 10. Google can be used to limit to… • A particular site • A particular type of file • A time period You can also exclude words and search for related terms.
  11. 11. Site: In Google, you can actually specify a particular type of site to search. Site: For instance, you can search for government information on any topic by using site:.gov.
  12. 12. Examples foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org (we’ll come back to this search throughout) Now you give me terms, and I’ll search… .edu .org .gov
  13. 13. Specific site: You can also use Google to search a specific website… foreign policy LGBT rights site:hrc.org Search UNO site for tuition 2014 Now Google… tuition 2014 site:uno.edu
  14. 14. Filetype: Sometimes, you remember an awesome file that you ran across on a website…but you can’t remember the name or what site it was on. Google can help with the Filetype search… Filetype:
  15. 15. Examples african american history filetype:pdf twitter filetype:ppt citation filetype:pdf government citation filetype:pdf Unlike the site search, the filetype search does not use a period between the colon and the file type.
  16. 16. Time Period .. You can also limit a search using the time period search. .. I have to admit that this doesn’t work the way you would expect. It limits to the search to those with that time period in the context of the page. To limit the time frame that an item was posted, use the Advanced Search options.
  17. 17. Example Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009 Better with the Search Tools…
  18. 18. Excluding - And back to… foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org But we keep getting Wikipedia! I know… foreign policy LGBT rights -wiki site:.org Or, if you like other wikis… foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org -site:wikipedia.org
  19. 19. Using Search Tools to Limit Your Results And back to… foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org Limit by time Limit by types of results Limit by location
  20. 20. Advanced Search Screen Demonstration
  21. 21. Advanced Search Screen This has gotten trickier to find over the years. When you are on the Google site, look at the very bottom right for Settings. This is where Search Settings, Advanced Search, Web History, Search Help, and Send Feedback can all be found.
  22. 22. Advanced Searching of Images Now you can search images with Google like never before… Limit to Size, Color, Type, or Time. Let’s do a search for Privateers…
  23. 23. Other Google Searches Videos State of the Union Books Basic Business Library Patents Windmill
  24. 24. The Other Google Google Scholar Option to search articles library mission statements Or legal documents world wildlife fund world wrestling federation
  25. 25. Other Google Sites Translate translate.google.com Finance google.com/finance Offers google.com/offers Drive drive.google.com
  26. 26. Even More… Demonstration
  27. 27. Even More… This too is a little bit hidden. When you are on the Google site, look at the very top right, next to the Sign In button, and you will see what looks like a grey Rubik's cube. Click on that. Or just go here… www.google.com/intl/en/about/products
  28. 28. Problems with Google You cannot let yourself become complacent. The moment you fall in love with a service and come to rely on it without thinking… They discontinue it.
  29. 29. Examples? Google Reader iGoogle GOOG-411 Google Notebook Google Uncle Sam Google Health
  30. 30. So what am I supposed to do? Use Google services and enjoy them while you can. If they get rid of something, it’s usually because they have incorporated it into Chrome. And don’t think that you don’t need to keep up with new services elsewhere. You might need them in the future.
  31. 31. Bing! What works…? foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org foreign policy LGBT rights site:hrc.org foreign policy LGBT rights -wiki site:.org African american filetype:pdf
  32. 32. Bing! What doesn’t… Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
  33. 33. Bing! What I like… • Becoming more Google-esque • Image and Video searches • Pretty picture What I don’t… • Becoming more Google-esque • Doesn’t bring up the same content as other search engines • No working Advanced Search Option
  34. 34. Yahoo! What works… foreign policy LGBT rights site:.org foreign policy LGBT rights site:hrc.org foreign policy LGBT rights -wiki site:.org African American history filetype:pdf
  35. 35. Yahoo! What doesn’t work… Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
  36. 36. Yahoo! What I like… • “All Search Services” option • Yahoo! Search Resources • Yahoo! Advanced Web Search • Yahoo! Finance • Yahoo! Help • Yahoo! Search Help What I don’t… • The Trending Now section • Yahoo! Dating
  37. 37. Google Search Education http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation Power Searching Courses http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/
  38. 38. Thank you! Sonnet Ireland Head of Federal Documents & Microforms Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans sebrown3@uno.edu http://www.linkedin.com/in/sonnet Shameless Self-Promotion Gov Info 4 Schools govinfo4schools.blogspot.com Federal Documents @ Earl K. Long Library feddocs.blogspot.com Twitter: @feddocs and @sonnetireland
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