Musings about librarianship: 6 common misconceptions when doing advanced Google Searching As librarians we are often called upon to teach not just library databases but also Google and Google Scholar. Unlike teaching other search tools, teaching Google is often tricky because unlike library databases where we can have insider access through our friendly product support representative as librarians we have no more or no less insight into Google which is legendary for being secretive. Still, given that Google has become synonymous with search we should be decently good at teaching it. I've noticed though, often when people teach Google, particularly advanced searching of Google, they fall prey to 2 main types of errors. The first type of error involved not keeping up to date and given the rapid speed that Google changes, we often end up teaching things that no longer work.
Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google Picking the right search terms Beginner Pick the best words to use in academic searching, whether students are beginning with a full question or a topic of just a few words. Painting by Numbers Data Visualisation may be a hot topic right now but a new poster show at London's Transport Museum reminds us that getting complex information over in attractive ways is not a new challenge for the art director or designer Figures for 1923, by Charles Shepard, 1924 Painting by numbers - making sense of statistics will feature 20 London Underground posters, many dating back to the 1930s or earlier. The posters were designed not only to promote the benefits of travelling by London Transport but also in order to wow the travelling public with details of the remarkable service they were (hopefully) enjoying every day. Here, Speed, by Alfred Leete from 1915 reminds passengers of the dizzying speeds possible on the Tube, compared to alternatives of the time. And What It Takes to Move the Passengers - Problems of the Underground, by Irene Fawkes, reminds passengers of the resources needed to make their journey.
*Control Alt Achieve: Hipster Google - 21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of Google is well know for certain tools and services - Search, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Maps, Chrome, and such. These are all powerful and useful tools that are transforming teaching and learning in schools around the world. However, in addition to those tools, Google has also created a wide range of services, apps, extensions, features, and other tools that are not as well known. Even though these tools may not be as popular or as widely known, they are still very useful in school settings. These are the "Hipster Google" tools. How Google Took Over the Classroom - The New York Times But that also caused problems in Chicago and another district when Google went looking for teachers to try a new app — effectively bypassing district administrators. In both cases, Google found itself reined in. Unlike Apple or Microsoft, which make money primarily by selling devices or software services, Google derives most of its revenue from online advertising — much of it targeted through sophisticated use of people’s data.
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*An Animated Look at "How Google Works" [Infographic] “Have you ever wondered how Google works? Sure, it has a complex algorithm that looks at hundreds of variables, but in simple terms…do you know how Google works?” via Quicksprout “Just Google it” has become the definitive expression for searching online for practically anything. It’s the go-to term that reinforces just how ingrained in our everyday lives Google truly is. Search Technique (Jonas Fransson) (This is originally a chapter from the book Efficient information searching on the web.) Good and bad search words When you use search engines the distillation of good search words often constitutes the key to a successful search. Words that describe important parts of the query. Good search words are unique or uncommon. Common words generate large number of hits, but can be added to other words in a search query to get the right angle of the more uncommon words.
10 of Google's Other Search Engines Google has a search engine. We're all familiar with it. It's at google.com. Advanced Google Search Commands If you're a standard Googler who enters a few words in hopes of finding what you're after, you'll be in for a treat when you learn that there are several other ways to use the search engine. Many advanced Google search techniques are tremendously helpful and not at all hard to use. If you've ever performed a Google search and wondered why the results weren't what you expected, you're not alone. You might even try over and over to get the search terms just right, but the results are still showing too many unnecessary items. While it's unclear at first that there are advanced Google commands that you can use for better search results, there are actually plenty.
How Google Book Search Got Lost Google Books was the company’s first moonshot. But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit. Books can do anything. As Franz Kafka once said, “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” It was Kafka, wasn’t it? The Advanced Google Searches Every Student Should Know - November Learning “Did he seriously just ask that? How old is this guy?” Well yes, I recently seriously just asked a group of students if they knew how to search Google.