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Search Smart: Research Tips & Tricks Elizabeth Geesey Holmes, MA., MSLIS Librarian November 5, 2009
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SEARCH ENGINE <ul><li>Tip #1 </li></ul>
When to use a General Search Engine <ul><li>Have unique keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Not sure where to start </li></ul><ul><...
General Search Engines <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bing  </li></ul>...
Meta Search Sites <ul><li>Clusty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://clusty.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dogpile </li></ul><ul><ul...
Specialized Search Engines <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></u...
Google Search Engines
 
Click on  Show Options
This brings up the list you see in the left hand sidebar Then click on Videos
 
 
 
 
Keep in mind how Search Engines work <ul><li>Create a list of words by “crawling” the web </li></ul><ul><li>Sift through t...
Know what’s not included <ul><li>Content in sites requiring a log in </li></ul><ul><li>CGI output such as data requested b...
USE ADVANCED SEARCH TECHNIQUES   <ul><li>Tip #2 </li></ul>
Click on  Settings  and then on  Search Settings A. Check your settings
 
Click on  Preferences Help
It’s worth taking a few minutes to read through both the  Basic Search Help  page and the  More Search Help  page. B. Read...
Phrase search for Barrington Fitness C. Use Phrase Searches
Focus you search results with  Search within results D. Search within results
Add an additional keyword to refine your results
New  focused  search and results list
Search exactly as is (+) E. Remember Google automatically searches for synonyms. Use + before a word to search precisely f...
Use Advanced Search F. Use Advanced Search
And Or Phrase Not
Fill in the blanks (*) F. Use the asterisk to substitute for a word The above search retrieves all of these different phra...
Evaluate your source <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency...
DON’T FORGET DIRECTORIES    <ul><li>Tip #3 </li></ul>
What are Directories? <ul><li>Built by human selection  </li></ul><ul><li>Organized into subject categories </li></ul><ul>...
Directories to try out <ul><li>Librarians Internet Index: Websites you can Trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.lii.org ...
You can search the Directory’s listings.  Also note they have an Advanced Search Or you can browse by subject categories
The Breadcrumb trail lets you know where you are Results: reputable/go to sites for legal research
USE COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH SITES <ul><li>Tip #4 </li></ul>
Comprehensive Research Sites <ul><li>Good starting place for both primary and secondary information </li></ul><ul><li>Cohe...
Cornell Legal Information Institute  http://www.law.cornell.edu/index.html
Zimmerman’s Legal Research Guides  http://law.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmermans/
Justia http://www.justia.com/
Public Legal http://www.ilrg.com/
Law Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/law/
LLRX http://www.llrx.com/
 
ASK A LIBRARIAN  <ul><li>Tip #5 </li></ul>
Library sub-site on OneSource
DON’T FORGET NON-BILLABLE DATABASES <ul><li>Tip #6 </li></ul>
Databases not billed to our clients <ul><li>LoisLaw </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline (via the Mass Trial Courts Libraries) </l...
TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF OUR LEXIS CONTRACT <ul><li>Tip #7 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Book Browse </li></ul><ul><li>Get a Document </li></ul><ul><li>Related Content...
Click on Browse TOC to go to the Table of Contents
 
Time is money  <ul><li>Pick any two: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accurate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
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  1. 1. Search Smart: Research Tips & Tricks Elizabeth Geesey Holmes, MA., MSLIS Librarian November 5, 2009
  2. 2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SEARCH ENGINE <ul><li>Tip #1 </li></ul>
  3. 3. When to use a General Search Engine <ul><li>Have unique keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Not sure where to start </li></ul><ul><li>Need broad/ general information </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for a particular website/document </li></ul><ul><li>Think information may be available somewhere for Free </li></ul>
  4. 4. General Search Engines <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bing.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://search.yahoo.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ask.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Meta Search Sites <ul><li>Clusty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://clusty.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dogpile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.dogpile.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Specialized Search Engines <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul>
  7. 7. Google Search Engines
  8. 9. Click on Show Options
  9. 10. This brings up the list you see in the left hand sidebar Then click on Videos
  10. 15. Keep in mind how Search Engines work <ul><li>Create a list of words by “crawling” the web </li></ul><ul><li>Sift through this index of web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Rank results using parameters of the query </li></ul><ul><li>Every search engine does this a bit differently </li></ul>
  11. 16. Know what’s not included <ul><li>Content in sites requiring a log in </li></ul><ul><li>CGI output such as data requested by a form </li></ul><ul><li>Intranets and other pages not linked from anywhere else </li></ul><ul><li>Sites that use technology to keep files and/or directories off limits </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Web resources </li></ul>
  12. 17. USE ADVANCED SEARCH TECHNIQUES <ul><li>Tip #2 </li></ul>
  13. 18. Click on Settings and then on Search Settings A. Check your settings
  14. 20. Click on Preferences Help
  15. 21. It’s worth taking a few minutes to read through both the Basic Search Help page and the More Search Help page. B. Read Search Help
  16. 22. Phrase search for Barrington Fitness C. Use Phrase Searches
  17. 23. Focus you search results with Search within results D. Search within results
  18. 24. Add an additional keyword to refine your results
  19. 25. New focused search and results list
  20. 26. Search exactly as is (+) E. Remember Google automatically searches for synonyms. Use + before a word to search precisely for that word. Search for RI legislation retrieves both Rhode Island and RI
  21. 27. Use Advanced Search F. Use Advanced Search
  22. 28. And Or Phrase Not
  23. 29. Fill in the blanks (*) F. Use the asterisk to substitute for a word The above search retrieves all of these different phrases
  24. 30. Evaluate your source <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of Use </li></ul>
  25. 31. DON’T FORGET DIRECTORIES <ul><li>Tip #3 </li></ul>
  26. 32. What are Directories? <ul><li>Built by human selection </li></ul><ul><li>Organized into subject categories </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller than most search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Often carefully evaluated and annotated </li></ul>
  27. 33. Directories to try out <ul><li>Librarians Internet Index: Websites you can Trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.lii.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! Directory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dir.yahoo.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Directory Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.dmoz.org/ </li></ul></ul>
  28. 34. You can search the Directory’s listings. Also note they have an Advanced Search Or you can browse by subject categories
  29. 35. The Breadcrumb trail lets you know where you are Results: reputable/go to sites for legal research
  30. 36. USE COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH SITES <ul><li>Tip #4 </li></ul>
  31. 37. Comprehensive Research Sites <ul><li>Good starting place for both primary and secondary information </li></ul><ul><li>Cohesive organization </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial selection </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable information </li></ul>
  32. 38. Cornell Legal Information Institute http://www.law.cornell.edu/index.html
  33. 39. Zimmerman’s Legal Research Guides http://law.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmermans/
  34. 40. Justia http://www.justia.com/
  35. 41. Public Legal http://www.ilrg.com/
  36. 42. Law Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/law/
  37. 43. LLRX http://www.llrx.com/
  38. 45. ASK A LIBRARIAN <ul><li>Tip #5 </li></ul>
  39. 46. Library sub-site on OneSource
  40. 47. DON’T FORGET NON-BILLABLE DATABASES <ul><li>Tip #6 </li></ul>
  41. 48. Databases not billed to our clients <ul><li>LoisLaw </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline (via the Mass Trial Courts Libraries) </li></ul><ul><li>BNA tax and corporate databases </li></ul><ul><li>AllRegs </li></ul><ul><li>Mass/Bankruptcy Lexis Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Check out their tutorials as well. </li></ul>
  42. 49. TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF OUR LEXIS CONTRACT <ul><li>Tip #7 </li></ul>
  43. 50. <ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Book Browse </li></ul><ul><li>Get a Document </li></ul><ul><li>Related Content </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Attorneys </li></ul>
  44. 51. Click on Browse TOC to go to the Table of Contents
  45. 53. Time is money <ul><li>Pick any two: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accurate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fast, accurate & expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Slow , accurate & cheap </li></ul><ul><li>Fast, inaccurate & cheap </li></ul>
  46. 54. Thanks for your time!

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