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Perhaps I am starting to suffer from “deformation professionelle” , but I am constantly surprised by how often I am still asked “Why do we need classification now we have free text search and Google?”. This post is designed to answer the question. If you are an info pro, it won’t tell you anything you don’t already know, but as always I’d appreciate suggestions and additions. The question seems to me a bit like asking “Why do we need scalpels now we have invented scissors?”. Scissors are a brilliant invention and they do many wonderful things - just like Google - they make all sorts of cutting quick and easy, but there are also many situations when they are not the right tool for the job. I don’t want a surgeon cutting me open with scissors except in a real emergency.
This tutorial presents the substance of the web searching workshops formerly offered by the UC Berkeley Library, but now suspended due to budget reductions. We use the term "Research-quality Web Searching" to reflect our belief that there is a lot of great material on the Web - primary sources, specialized directories and databases, statistical information, educational sites on many levels, policy, opinion of all kinds, and so much more - and tools for finding it are steadily improving. Recommended Search Strategy: Analyze Your Topic & Search With Peripheral Vision <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Five-Step Search Strategy We Recommend Don't assume you know what you want to find. Look at search results and see what you might use in addition to what you've thought of. Switch from search engines to directories and back.
Those Dark Hiding Places: The Invisible Web Revealed - Robert J. Lackie, Associate Professor-Librarian, Rider University Note: Site no longer being updated (Final Version can be found in PDF form here ) "If only I had known!"