AEA 2013 Presentation -- Supercharge Your Search Results

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Short presentation on simple techniques and resources to supercharge your search. In short, how to find twice the number of high quality resources in half the time. Topics cover include: boolean …

Short presentation on simple techniques and resources to supercharge your search. In short, how to find twice the number of high quality resources in half the time. Topics cover include: boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching, and date limiters. Techniques for escaping the Google "filter bubble" and strategies for dealing with too much or too little information are also discussed.

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  • 1. SUPERCHARGE YOUR SEARCH RESULTS MATTHEW VON HENDY
  • 2. WHAT WE WILL COVER: • 5 searching tips and techniques • 3 search and full-text tools (Google Scholar, Scirus, Mendeley) • A few Google tips • Strategies for dealing with too much/too little information • Focus on open access, high quality resources
  • 3. TIP 1 -- ADVANCED SEARCH FUNCTION – USE IT! Enables you to search more efficiently Gives you more control over your search
  • 4. BOOLEAN OPERATORS • Allow you to combine different phrases • And, or, not • Cats and dogs, cats or dogs, cats not dogs
  • 5. TRUNCATION-• The truncation symbol is an asterisk * • Allows you to find any word that starts with that root • For example, evaluat* would find evaluator, evaluators, evaluation • Great way to find plurals
  • 6. OTHER USEFUL SEARCH TIPS-• Date limiters • Allow you to pick specific dates for your search • Exact phrase searching • ―Double quotation marks‖ • In the search examples, we will look for ―evaluation metric*‖
  • 7. GOOGLE SCHOLAR • Subset of Google search focus on academic resources • Journal articles, books, conference papers
  • 8. SCIRUS • www.scirus.com • Search engine for scientific and social science content • Use Advanced Search
  • 9. MENDELEY • www.mendeley.com • Started as a tool to manage references • Content is downloaded by scholars themselves • Now a good place to search and find full-text • Health science focus
  • 10. GOOGLE RULES THE SEARCH WORLD! • Most popular search engine • The #1 resource used by evaluators to conduct professional research • Google filters search results based on your previous searches
  • 11. SITE OR DOMAIN SPECIFIC GOOGLE SEARCHING • Limit your Google search to a specific site or domain • Search term site: or search term domain: • Example: • Updates site:eval.org
  • 12. ESCAPE THE GOOGLE FILTER BUBBLE..
  • 13. TRY THE SAME SEARCH IN ALTERNATE SEARCH ENGINES AND SEE WHAT YOU GET: • DuckDuckGo www.duckduckgo.com • Blekko www.blekko.com • Empty your cache and erase your search history
  • 14. TOO MANY SEARCH RESULTS.. • • • Use boolean operators– and, not Date limiters – narrow the time frame If available—use other filters– For example—geography, source types, language Try describing what you are searching for in more specific terms— who, when, where, what and how
  • 15. TOO FEW SEARCH RESULTS… • Check your spelling of search terms • Use boolean operator – or -• Can other words be used to describe your search subject— For example– child – youth, youngster, kid Are you using the right resource to search?
  • 16. QUESTIONS???
  • 17. THANK YOU AND HAVE A GREAT CONFERENCE!!
  • 18. CONTACT GREEN HERON INFORMATION SERVICES • Website: www.greenheroninfo.com • E-mail: info@greenheroninfo.com • Phone: 240-401-7433 • Twitter: @GreenHeronInfo Skype: vonhendy • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/vonhendy/ • Sign up for our monthly newsletter packed with research tips for evaluators!