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New Search Strategies

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Internet Librarian Conference
Monterey, Oct. 23, 2006

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New Search Strategies

  1. 1. New Search Strategies Advanced Techniques, Approaches, & Sources Internet Librarian 2006 By Greg R. Notess, SearchEngineShowdown.com
  2. 2. Advanced Search Techniques <ul><li>Not always needed </li></ul><ul><li>Useful only for specific needs </li></ul><ul><li>But can then be very helpful </li></ul>
  3. 3. SE Reviews & Features Chart <ul><li>searchengineshowdown.com /features </li></ul><ul><li>Overview chart for quick lookup </li></ul><ul><li>Each cell links to detailed review </li></ul><ul><li>Use it when you need the feature </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Search Transfer <ul><li>Between Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>Between Databases at an Engine </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tabs, Search Box, Bookmarklets </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Refine & Explore Terms <ul><li>Ask & Exalead: Look Right </li></ul><ul><li>Clusty: Top Results Folders (Left) </li></ul><ul><li>Business: Northern Light is Back </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Search as You Type <ul><li>Google Suggest </li></ul><ul><li>AlltheWeb Livesearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Yahoo! Database </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 4. The Defining Moment <ul><li>Answers.com </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! Reference </li></ul><ul><li>define:term at Google </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5. Search Societies <ul><li>Tags at social bookmarking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us for tech and buzz </li></ul><ul><li>FURL for more professional? </li></ul><ul><li>Connotea for scientific </li></ul>
  9. 9. Field Searching <ul><li>Restrict to a subset of Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dig deep instead of broad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>site, inurl, country </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link searching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore link patterns on the Web </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 6. Basic Subset Searching <ul><li>site:gov OR site:harvard.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At Google, Yahoo!, Live, Ask, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 200 at Gigablast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For other URL segments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>inurl:somewhere.edu/library </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 7. Expanded Subset Searching <ul><li>Rollyo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo! Database, create list </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Live Macros </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine domains with more </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 8. Filetype Searches <ul><li>On Advanced Search Page –or- </li></ul><ul><li>filetype:pdf Google, Live, Exa </li></ul><ul><li>originurlextension:pdf </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At Yahoo! </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Filetype Tricks <ul><li>Errors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave off first letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spaces between words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exalead Analysis </li></ul>
  14. 14. 9. Link Searching <ul><li>link:http://ibm.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works at Google, Live, Yahoo!, Exa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google is incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo! & Live much more detailed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And can combine </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. And Brand New: <ul><li>Live.com new operator </li></ul><ul><li>linkfromdomain:loc.gov site:hr </li></ul>
  16. 16. 10. Beyond “Phrase Searching” <ul><li>Proximity at Exalead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NEAR for 16 word proximity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEAR/4 for 4 word proximity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less control/precision at Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” word1 * word2” </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. 11. Cache to the Past <ul><li>Multiple Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Each with a Specific Date </li></ul><ul><li>Find Dead, Downed, & Removed </li></ul><ul><li>History of Changes </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cache Details <ul><li>Google, MSN, Gigablast, Ask, Exalead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include Date of Crawl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also at Yahoo! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wayback Machine archive.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many dates </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. More at SearchEngineShowdown.com Thank you! [email_address]

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