Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE): A Tool For Subject Librarians

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Presented at the Ohio State University Libraries' CIPS meeting on Sept 15, 2009

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  • Custom search is often used as a local web site search engine, such as this one for the OSU campus
  • If is looks familiar, it is because OSU Libraries uses Customer search on it’s own site
  • While Custom Search can be used to index sites, this presentation is about how it can be used to index and search specific topics and specialties. Typically, libraries have used pathfinders or resource guides to create lists of evaluated resources. The challenge is that the customer needs to visit each of the sites as they look for the information they need.
  • The URLs of the sites list in the resource guide can easily be used to populate Custom Search
  • The resulting Custom Search allows the customer to search only the evaluated site
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  • Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE): A Tool For Subject Librarians

    1. 1. Eric Schnell Associate Professor Emerging Technology and Services Specialist The Ohio State University http://pro.osu.edu/profiles/schnell.9
    2. 4. <ul><li>Released by Google in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘ vertical search ’ index that contains information about a specific topic </li></ul><ul><li>Can search just the sites and pages you select </li></ul><ul><li>Refine to make it easier to find topical information </li></ul>
    3. 5. <ul><li>Include a custom search element on local websites </li></ul><ul><li>Customize the look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative management </li></ul>
    4. 6. <ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research for purchases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online presence </li></ul></ul>
    5. 7. <ul><ul><li>Course related materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedure manuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject guides / pathfinders </li></ul></ul>
    6. 14. <ul><li>H1N1 </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Library Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Library Labs </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Custom Google Search </li></ul>
    7. 15. <ul><li>inurl:cse inurl:coop library OR librarian OR librarians OR libraries site:google.com </li></ul>

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