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Googling for Answers (LLA 2013)


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Just like any tool, the usefulness of Google is determined by the skill of the user. While library databases are ideal for research, it’s important for
researchers to understand how to properly use those resources that they will have access to after
leaving the University setting. This session will teach you tricks to enhance your Google skills,
including Google Scholar, and skills that transfer to other search engines.

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Googling for Answers (LLA 2013)

  1. 1. Googling for Answers The Ins and Outs of Using Google Effectively Sonnet Ireland Google GuruLLA Conference Earl K. Long LibraryMarch 8, 2013 University of New Orleans
  2. 2. What are you going to show us?Some cool Google tricks to find what you needDifferent aspects of Google
  3. 3. Quick Answers from GoogleDefining a word define:termCalculating Remember PEMDAS Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, SubtractConverting units Number unit in converted unit
  4. 4. Google can even Answer Questions…When is daylight savings timeWhat day of the week is ChristmasWho won the Super BowlWhat is the capital of Vermont
  5. 5. Did you know that Google can be used to limit to…• A particular site• A particular type of file• A time periodYou can also exclude words and search forrelated terms.
  6. 6. Site:In Google, you can actually specify a particulartype of site to search. Site:For instance, you can search for governmentinformation on any topic by using
  7. 7. ExamplesCampaign’ll come back to this search throughout)Now you give me terms, and I’ll search… .edu .org .gov
  8. 8. Specific site:You can also use Google to search a specificwebsite…Campaign site:pew.orgSearch UNO site for tuition 2013Now Google… tuition 2013
  9. 9. Filetype:Sometimes, you remember an awesome file thatyou ran across on a website…but you can’tremember the name or what site it was on.Google can help with the Filetype search… Filetype:
  10. 10. Examplesafrican american history filetype:pdftwitter filetype:pptcitation filetype:pdfgovernment citation filetype:pdfUnlike the site search, the filetype search does notuse a period between the colon and the file type.
  11. 11. Time Period ..You can also limit a search using the time periodsearch. ..I have to admit that this doesn’t always work theway it should, so you can also limit the timeframe in the Advanced Search area.
  12. 12. ExampleBill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009Better with the Search Tools…
  13. 13. Excluding -And back to…campaign site:.orgBut we keep getting Wikipedia! I know…Campaign -wiki
  14. 14. Related Terms ~Search College budgetsSee the difference when we search~college budgetsYou can also use the “related searches” section.
  15. 15. Using Search Tools to Limit Your ResultsAnd back to…campaign site:.orgLimit by timeLimit by types of resultsLimit by location
  16. 16. Advanced Search Screen Demonstration
  17. 17. Advanced Searching of ImagesNow you can search images with Google likenever before…Limit to Size, Color, Type, or Time.Let’s do a search for Privateers…
  18. 18. Other Google SearchesVideos State of the UnionBooks Basic Business LibraryPatents Windmill
  19. 19. The Other GoogleGoogle ScholarOption to search articles library mission statementsOr legal documents world wildlife fund world wrestling federation
  20. 20. Other Google SitesTranslateFinanceOffersDriveReader
  21. 21. Even More…Demonstration
  22. 22. Bing! What works…?Campaign site:.orgCampaign site:pew.orgCampaign -wiki site:.orgAfrican american filetype:pdf
  23. 23. Bing! What doesn’t…Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009~college budgetsRelated searches section…
  24. 24. Bing!What I like… What I don’t…• Becoming more • Becoming moreGoogle-esque Google-esque• Image and Video searches • Doesn’t bring up the same content as other search• Pretty picture engines • No Advanced Search Option
  25. 25. Yahoo! What works…Campaign site:.orgCampaign site:pew.orgCampaign -wiki site:.orgAfrican American history filetype:pdf
  26. 26. Yahoo! What doesn’t work…Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009~college budgetsRelated searches section…
  27. 27. Yahoo!What I like… What I don’t…• “All Search Services” option • The Trending Now section• Yahoo! Search Resources• Yahoo! Advanced Web Search • Yahoo! Dating• Yahoo! Finance• Yahoo! Help• Yahoo! Search Help
  28. 28. Google Search Education Power Searching Courses
  29. 29. Thank you! Sonnet Ireland Head of Federal Documents & MicroformsEarl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans Shameless Self-Promotion Gov Info 4 Schools Federal Documents @ Earl K. Long Library Twitter: @feddocs and @sonnetireland