Beyond The Default Google Search Bar

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Beyond The Default Google Search Bar

  1. 1. Beyond the default Google search bar.
  2. 2. Using a search engine effectively. <ul><li>Meta search vs. single engine - meta search uses multiple search engines - examples: Dogpile, WebCrawler </li></ul><ul><li>Directory vs. search term </li></ul><ul><li>Google specialties - Google Scholar (searches university research) - Google Books </li></ul>
  3. 4. Simple Boolean Logic. <ul><li>AND – search engines assume this between search terms </li></ul><ul><li>OR – searches for either occurrence </li></ul><ul><li>NOT – eliminates a term from the search </li></ul><ul><li>“…” – searches for the phrase exactly as is </li></ul><ul><li>(…) – groups logic commands eg. andrew AND denton NOT (enough OR rope) </li></ul>
  4. 5. Specific searching. <ul><li>site: … - searches the targeted site only </li></ul><ul><li>filetype: … - searches only for that file type </li></ul><ul><li>Video – YouTube, Twit.tv </li></ul><ul><li>Other people’s internet research – del.icio.us, digg.com, stumbleupon.com </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshows – Slideshare.net, 280slides.com </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts – Podcast alley, Site specific, iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – Google blog search. Technorati.com </li></ul>
  5. 6. Library Services. <ul><li>Navigate to these individually, they’re not indexed by search engines: - MacquarieNet - Virtual Library (vlib.org) - Open Library (openlibrary.org) - GCCC library online services - University of Qld Library Cyberschool (www.library.uq.edu.au/schools) - Griffith Research Online (www.griffith.edu.au/researchonline) </li></ul>
  6. 7. Forums and discussion boards. <ul><li>Places where people freely answer questions and offer information. </li></ul><ul><li>Many websites have these integrated. - Eg. Sixty minutes, Insight </li></ul><ul><li>May need to go to a forum to search within it. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Automatic Retrieval. <ul><li>Subscribing to news, blogs, podcasts and webcasts. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS (feed) </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregator – program or site that works the RSS feeds </li></ul>
  8. 9. Networking. <ul><li>del.icio.us – social bookmarking (open) </li></ul><ul><li>diigo.com – social bookmarking (closed) </li></ul><ul><li>EDNA – education specific, groups </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo / Google groups </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter – perpetual micro blogging </li></ul>
  9. 10. Managing all this. <ul><li>Personal portals: Netvibes iGoogle Pageflakes </li></ul><ul><li>Online bookmark storage del.icio.us Diigo </li></ul>

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