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31/10/2016 1
WebSearch Academy 2016
If not Google, then what?
Internet Librarian International, London
17th October 2016
k...
Alternatives to Google – what to look for
Does the search tool automatically look for synonyms and
variations on your term...
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MAYBE !
Bing.com – looks a lot like Google
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Bing http://www.bing.com/
Results seem to be more consumer/retail focused
– more ‘shopping’ than research
– results improv...
Bing
No advanced search screen on Bing - use commands
List at Advanced Operator Reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
us...
Bing limit by date – UK version
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Bing limit by date – US version
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Bing
Bing images – good alternative to Google
Bing videos – good alternative to Google (includes YouTube in results)
Bing ...
Yandex
International version at www.yandex.com
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Yandex
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Click for advanced
search
Yandex – Search Operators
https://yandex.com/support/search/how-to-search/search-
operators.xml
site: command
mime: but fi...
Millionshort http://millionshort.com
Great for finding specialist articles that Google and Bing
bury beyond reach
Useful f...
DuckDuckGo – http://duckduckgo.com/
Does not track, does not personalise, does not share your
personal information
Results...
Ask
http://www.ask.com/ http://uk.ask.com/
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eTools.ch
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Carrotsearch http://carrotsearch.com/
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Carrotsearch Circles and Foam Tree
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WolframAlpha
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
Computational knowledge engine, curated data
Click Examples, Random to get an id...
Archives
List of Web archiving initiatives
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Web_archiving_initiatives
Internet Archiv...
Essential Non-Google Search Tools for Researchers – Top Tips
http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2016/09/19/essential-non-googl...
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WebSearch Academy: If not Google then what? (Edited highlights)

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Edited highlights from the presentation given at the WebSearch Academy, 17th October 2016, held in the Olympia Conference Centre, London.

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WebSearch Academy: If not Google then what? (Edited highlights)

  1. 1. 31/10/2016 1 WebSearch Academy 2016 If not Google, then what? Internet Librarian International, London 17th October 2016 karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk
  2. 2. Alternatives to Google – what to look for Does the search tool automatically look for synonyms and variations on your terms? Does it drop terms from your search? Personalisation? filetype: command or similar to search for document formats e.g. car ownership UK filetype:xlsx site: command to limit your search to a specific site or type of site, for example renewable energy site:www.gov.uk Limit your search by date Specialist tools 31/10/2016 2
  3. 3. 31/10/2016 3 MAYBE !
  4. 4. Bing.com – looks a lot like Google 31/10/2016 4
  5. 5. Bing http://www.bing.com/ Results seem to be more consumer/retail focused – more ‘shopping’ than research – results improve as soon as you start using the advanced search commands Sometimes more up to date than Google – updates sites more frequently (but does not seem to like Blogger) – adds new sites more quickly – useful if you are looking for information on a new company or organisation BUT some search features and options available only to US users – changing location /version of Bing does not always work – using anonymous proxy does not always work 31/10/2016 5
  6. 6. Bing No advanced search screen on Bing - use commands List at Advanced Operator Reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en- us/library/ff795620.aspx filetype: site: inbody: intitle: “...” around phrases AND, NOT, OR parentheses for relatively complex Boolean searches (but don’t go mad) [near:n proximity operator no longer seems to work as described but still in the list of operators] 31/10/2016 6
  7. 7. Bing limit by date – UK version 31/10/2016 7
  8. 8. Bing limit by date – US version 31/10/2016 8
  9. 9. Bing Bing images – good alternative to Google Bing videos – good alternative to Google (includes YouTube in results) Bing maps – much improved over the last 2-3 years and generally a good alternative to Google. Some aspects e.g. mapping of lakes, rivers rather vague. Availability of different views including Streetside are dependant on location. Ordnance Survey option for the UK is back Bing news – much improved Close links and integration with Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare Bing Translator (http://www.bing.com/translator) – different results compared with Google and just as (un)reliable 31/10/2016 9
  10. 10. Yandex International version at www.yandex.com 31/10/2016 10
  11. 11. Yandex 31/10/2016 11 Click for advanced search
  12. 12. Yandex – Search Operators https://yandex.com/support/search/how-to-search/search- operators.xml site: command mime: but filetype: also works (picks up e.g. .xlsx as well as .xls) Proximity – & - words appear in the same sentence e.g. penryn & memorial & garden – /n – words/phrases appear within a certain distance of each other e.g. "University of Birmingham" nanotechnology /2 2020 31/10/2016 12
  13. 13. Millionshort http://millionshort.com Great for finding specialist articles that Google and Bing bury beyond reach Useful for researching new, niche technologies or information not well optimised for search engines Can choose how many “top sites” to remove from results - 100, 1000, 10k, 100k, million View which sites have been excluded Specify location Can use site: and filetype: command 31/10/2016 13
  14. 14. DuckDuckGo – http://duckduckgo.com/ Does not track, does not personalise, does not share your personal information Results come from over 400 resources but Yahoo main source “We also of course have more traditional links in the search results, which we primarily source from Yahoo!, and in some regions and scenarios, Yandex and Bing” https://duck.co/help/results/sources Advanced search commands include: filetype: site: [intitle: not convinced this works] region:cc (e.g. de) to boost a country [not sure about this one] ‘Bang’ (!) short cuts e.g. !w plasmonics to search Wikipedia for information on plasmonics. http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/300304 31/10/2016 14 UPDATE: Yahoo no longer listed as primary source.
  15. 15. Ask http://www.ask.com/ http://uk.ask.com/ 31/10/2016 15
  16. 16. eTools.ch 31/10/2016 16
  17. 17. Carrotsearch http://carrotsearch.com/ 31/10/2016 17
  18. 18. Carrotsearch Circles and Foam Tree 31/10/2016 18
  19. 19. WolframAlpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/ Computational knowledge engine, curated data Click Examples, Random to get an idea of what it covers 31/10/2016 19
  20. 20. Archives List of Web archiving initiatives https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Web_archiving_initiatives Internet Archive Wayback Machine http://www.archive.org/ UK Government Web Archive | The National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/ UK Web Archive https://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/ Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) http://dera.ioe.ac.uk Archives hub – http://archives.ac.uk/ 31/10/2016 20
  21. 21. Essential Non-Google Search Tools for Researchers – Top Tips http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2016/09/19/essential-non-google- search-tools-for-researchers-top-tips/ 31/10/2016 21 Top Tips from delegates on a recent non-Google workshop

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