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Presentation at the Montana Library Association. April 27, 2007.

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  • Web Searching for All MLA Conference Helena, April 27, 2007 By Greg R. Notess
  • Overview
    • Databases
    • Overlap & Search Switching
    • Answers
    • Personalization
    • Betas
    • Search Features
  • Main Players: Unique Databases
    • Roughly same for last 2 years
      • Ask
      • Google
      • Live Search (MSN)
      • Yahoo! Search
      • Exalead
      • Gigablast
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  • Who Cares?
    • Do you need more than one?
    • If you find everything you want. . .
        • No
    • When you don’t. . .
        • Yes
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  • Overlap
    • Good overlap for
      • Organization home pages
      • Major pages, frequently visited sites
    • Not so good for
      • Pages buried deep within sites
      • Forum, social network pages
      • www.searchengineshowdown.com/blog/overlap
  • Search Switching
    • Between Vendors
      • Search box
      • Search services
    • Within One System
      • “Tabs”
      • “More”
      • Betas
  • Between Vendors
    • Web:
      • TurboScout www.turboscout.com
      • CrossEngine www.crossengine.com
      • Zuula www.zuula.com
      • Trovando www.trovando.it
    • Geo Searching
      • Flash Earth www.flashearth.com
    • Book Searching
      • Booksearchx3 www.kokogiak.com/booksearch
  • Database Spread: Google
    • Google Databases:
      • Web
      • Blogs
      • News
      • Books
      • Scholar
      • Patents
      • Groups
      • Maps
      • Imagery
      • News Archive
      • . . . And more
  • Spread at Others
    • Yahoo!
      • Web, Maps, News, Directory, Audio, etc.
    • Live
      • Web, News, Maps, Books, Academic, Feeds
    • Ask
      • Web, News, Blogs/Feeds, Maps, AskCity
  • Switching Within
    • Use “tabs”
    • Look under “More”
  • One Example
    • Live Search Maps
    • Bird’s Eye View
      • Rotate view
    • 3D View
  • Answers Atop Results
    • Google OneBox
      • www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html
    • Ask Smart Answers
      • sp.ask.com/en/docs/about/site_features.shtml
    • Yahoo! Shortcuts
      • tools.search.yahoo.com/shortcuts
    • Live Instant Answers
      • www.live.com
      • Click “Help” then Search “Answers”
  • Questions & Answers?
    • Google closes Google Answers
    • Yahoo! open Yahoo! Answers
    • Live Search adds QnA
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  • Personalization
    • Google ranking now defaults to it
      • If you are signed in
      • . . . And do not turn it off
    • Same results
    • Just slightly different order
    • Toolbar: Track visited pages
  •  
  • Search Engine Betas
    • SearchMash
      • Searchmash.com
    • AskX
      • askx.com
    • Alpha Beta
      • au.alpha.yahoo.com
  •  
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  • Search Features
    • Search Feature Basics
    • Exalead’s Advanced Capabilities
    • Cache Copies of Pages
  • Basics
    • Phrase searching:
      • Still most powerful advanced command
      • Can combine with single terms
      • “ use quotes” to “find phrases of more than one word”
  • Exalead’s Strengths
    • Truncation: * only at Exalead
    • Proximity: NEAR at Exalead
      • Sort of at Google with “one * two”
    • Refining options on right
    • Phonetic search
    • Approximate Spelling
  •  
  • Exalead’s Weakness
    • Not as comprehensive
    • Smaller database
  • Cache
    • Copy of Indexed Version HTML
      • Images, CSS, JavaScript NOT Cached
    • Multiple Copies Available
      • Google, Yahoo, MSN, Gigablast, Ask, Exalead
        • searchengineshowdown.com/others/archive.shtml
    • Use for
      • Older Copies
      • When Site is Down
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  • Take Homes
    • Try more than one database
    • Browse shortcuts, betas
    • Phrase searching
    • Cache
  • Questions? This presentation searchengineshowdown.com/booksearch/cil07