LUC 2013 Googling for Answers

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LUC 2013 Googling for Answers

  1. 1. Googling for Answers The Ins and Outs of Using Google Effectively (as seen at the LLA 2013 Conference) Sonnet Ireland LOUIS Users Conference October 3, 2013 Google Guru Earl K. Long Library University of New Orleans
  2. 2. What are you going to show us? Some cool Google tricks to find what you need Different aspects of Google
  3. 3. Quick Answers from Google Defining a word define:term Calculating Remember PEMDAS Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract Converting units Number unit in converted unit
  4. 4. Google can even Answer Questions… When is daylight savings time What day of the week is Christmas Who won the Super Bowl What is the capital of Vermont
  5. 5. And tell you the status of your flight I literally learned this yesterday at the LOUIS Users Conference in Baton Rouge. Google the airline and the flight number: United 1405
  6. 6. Did you know that Google can be used to limit to… • A particular site • A particular type of file • A time period You can also exclude words and search for related terms.
  7. 7. Site: In Google, you can actually specify a particular type of site to search. Site: For instance, you can search for government information on any topic by using site:.gov.
  8. 8. Examples Campaign site:.org (we’ll come back to this search throughout) Now you give me terms, and I’ll search… .edu .org .gov
  9. 9. Specific site: You can also use Google to search a specific website… Campaign site:pew.org Search UNO site for tuition 2013 Now Google… tuition 2013 site:uno.edu
  10. 10. Filetype: Sometimes, you remember an awesome file that you ran across on a website…but you can’t remember the name or what site it was on. Google can help with the Filetype search… Filetype:
  11. 11. Examples african american history filetype:pdf twitter filetype:ppt citation filetype:pdf government citation filetype:pdf Unlike the site search, the filetype search does not use a period between the colon and the file type.
  12. 12. Time Period .. You can also limit a search using the time period search. .. I have to admit that this doesn’t work the way you would expect. It limits to the search to those with that time period in the context of the page. To limit the time frame that an item was posted, use the Advanced Search options.
  13. 13. Example Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009 Better with the Search Tools…
  14. 14. Excluding And back to… campaign site:.org But we keep getting Wikipedia! I know… Campaign -wiki site:.org Or, if you like other wikis… Campaign site:.org -site:wikipedia.org
  15. 15. Using Search Tools to Limit Your Results And back to… campaign site:.org Limit by time Limit by types of results Limit by location
  16. 16. Advanced Search Screen Demonstration
  17. 17. Advanced Searching of Images Now you can search images with Google like never before… Limit to Size, Color, Type, or Time. Let’s do a search for Privateers…
  18. 18. Other Google Searches Videos Books State of the Union Basic Business Library Patents Windmill
  19. 19. The Other Google Google Scholar Option to search articles library mission statements Or legal documents world wildlife fund world wrestling federation
  20. 20. Other Google Sites Translate Finance Offers Drive
  21. 21. Even More… Demonstration
  22. 22. Problems with Google You cannot let yourself become complacent. The moment you fall in love with a service and come to rely on it without thinking… They discontinue it.
  23. 23. Examples? Google Reader Google Notebook iGoogle Google Uncle Sam GOOG-411 Google Health
  24. 24. So what am I supposed to do? Use Google services and enjoy them while you can. If they get rid of something, it’s usually because they have incorporated it into Chrome. And don’t think that you don’t need to keep up with new services elsewhere. You might need them in the future.
  25. 25. Bing! What works…? Campaign site:.org Campaign site:pew.org Campaign -wiki site:.org African american filetype:pdf
  26. 26. Bing! What doesn’t… Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
  27. 27. Bing! What I like… What I don’t… • Becoming more Google-esque • Becoming more Google-esque • Image and Video searches • Doesn’t bring up the same content as other search engines • Pretty picture • No working Advanced Search Option
  28. 28. Yahoo! What works… Campaign site:.org Campaign site:pew.org Campaign -wiki site:.org African American history filetype:pdf
  29. 29. Yahoo! What doesn’t work… Bill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009
  30. 30. Yahoo! What I like… • “All Search Services” option • What I don’t… Yahoo! Search Resources • Yahoo! Advanced Web Search • Yahoo! Finance • Yahoo! Help • Yahoo! Search Help • The Trending Now section • Yahoo! Dating
  31. 31. Google Search Education http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation Power Searching Courses http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/
  32. 32. Thank you! Sonnet Ireland Head of Federal Documents & Microforms Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans sebrown3@uno.edu http://www.linkedin.com/in/sonnet Shameless Self-Promotion Gov Info 4 Schools govinfo4schools.blogspot.com Federal Documents @ Earl K. Long Library feddocs.blogspot.com Twitter: @feddocs and @sonnetireland

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