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Dr Google speaking! How may I help you?


Presentation at the SAOUG Conference, 4 August 2010, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

Presentation at the SAOUG Conference, 4 August 2010, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • New Tweets as they come available ; Discussions on the topic from different websites
  • Use Google Scholar when research a new topic. It will show you the top publishers/journals/databases.
  • Suitable Google Scholar API needs to be first released in order to get a more complete and accurate application. To keep in mind the author result.
  • Amazon to launch 3rd generation Kindle reader
  • New books, useful books for your users; books to purchase in the Library, etc
  • If you don’t have the print in the library; You have distance/part-time students who can benefit of the remote online access
  • Use Google's SafeSearch filter if you don't want to see sites that contain pornography, explicit sexual content, profanity, and other types of hate content in your Google search results.


  • 1. Dr. Google speaking!
    How may I help you?
    Sciences Librarian, University of Johannesburg
    Tenth Southern African Online Information Meeting CSIR
    4 August 2010
  • 2. Dr. Google Visitation hours: 24/7
    When you get sick, you visit the doctor, so he can help you get better.
    He will perform a check-up, prescribe the right medicine or suggest how to treat the symptoms.
    You will take the prescription to the Pharmacy
    Then you hope the medicine will have a fast effect on you
    You seek out Google to find information on anything that pop-up in your head
    Dr. Google can help you find information about your problem, or give you a “pathfinder” to trace the information.
    Dr. Google offers many ways to cure your needs. Let’s find out which will work.
  • 3. Is Google Making Us Stupid?
    .... Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes. A few Google searches, some quick clicks on hyperlinks, and I’ve got the telltale fact or pithy quote I was after.......
    Nicholas Carr
    SLA Conference, June 2010
  • 4.
  • 5. New Search Interface: May’10 New left-hand navigation menuCleaner-looking logo
    Sub-categories &
    Search tools
  • 6. NEW! Wonder wheel searchVisual representation of a searchSuggest additional Narrowed Topics; Mind Map display
  • 7. NEW! TimelineVisual representation of a search per year of Publication
  • 8.
  • 9.
  • 10.
  • 11. NEW! April 2010
    This gadget queries Google Scholar in the same fashion as a web-browser.
    The returned results are initially analysed for the total amount of publications found
  • 12. Prescription Tips:
    Don’t have a book in the Library?
    Your user is desperate?
    Find a solution with Google Books!
    Create My Library!
  • 13.
    • Search for books of interest
    • 14. Log-in to your Google account
    • 15. Create My Google Library
    • 16. Add books to your library
    • 17. Customise with reviews and ratings
    • 18. Share your library with others
  • 19. Emergency Room: Google Books can help your users!
  • 20. Keep-up current with favourite websites, blogs and news
    Web-based aggregator, capable of reading
    Atom and RSS feeds online or offline
    Google Reader Blog:
  • 21.
  • 22. One Portal for Personal & Professional Information
  • 23.
  • 24.
  • 25. World NEWS at a Glance
  • 26.
  • 27. NEW!
    Revamped Image search page
    Display up-to 1000 images on a single scrollable page
    Easy to look more images
    No accompanying text
    Pop-up window for larger quick view, when your mouse is over the image
    Selection options: size, type, colour
    Safe Search to filter the results
  • 28. NEW! June 2010: Google Earth 5.2
    NEW! Street View
  • 29. Google Labs latest ideas and playgroundWhat’s NEW in Googlevile: Android (12); Applications (7)Communications (4); Maps (7); Search (15); Other (7)
  • 30.
  • 31. Transliteration is the process of phonetically converting a word written in one script into another.
    It is the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other.
  • 32.
  • 33. Follow Finder
  • 34.
  • 35. Dr. Google Further Prescriptions
  • 36. HowMayIHelpyou?
  • 37. The naked ! Breathe in ….. Breathe out   …..  The heart is strong! You will live a long life!
  • 38. Thank you
    Sciences Librarian, University of Johannesburg
    Tel: + 27 11 559-2621
    Find me on:
    LinkedIn; Facebook; Skype; Twitter: ujlibscience;
    Visit the UJ Science Librarian Portal: