Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Looking for free magazine archives?

May 11th, 2009 by Jack

More and more of them are becoming available on the web.

Titles such as People, Sports Illustrated, Time, Billboard, Ebony, Jet, Kiplinger’s, New York, Popular Mechanics and Popular Science.

With many of these now hosted by Google Books, I’m sure the list will continue to grow.

Impressive new Google tool

May 1st, 2009 by Jack

Need unemployment or population trends for states or counties?  Check this out.

Some related material…

April 2nd, 2009 by Jack

As we get closer to our social networking lesson next week, I found another good Twitter search tool called Tweetag in addition to the ones I listed in my earlier Twitter post.

Following up on my federal government lesson last month, you may be interested in this report on the top 10 most wanted documents for 2009.  (Number one was the last–but not least–source on my handout!)

I also discovered some more good Google tips from the Special Libraries Association blog to add to what I have listed on my own Google tips page here.

Think Google has it all?

February 23rd, 2009 by Jack

Think again.

Its holes help keep researchers employed!

Lesson #5: Searching the web effectively

November 4th, 2008 by Jack

Points of emphasis for critical thinking:

  1. There’s more to search engines than just plugging in words.  The best searchers use the advanced features.  There are many places to find Google tips.
  2. No mainstream search engines, even Google, search anywhere close to the entire web.  They don’t include every page, nor the entirety of many longer documents.  That’s why you need to familiarize yourself with many of the sources I’ve reviewed this semester.  You can’t rely on Google exclusively.
  3. Web sites are not all created equalEvaluate, and trust primary sources FIRST.  Sometimes you’ll want to check who owns a web site.
  4. Web pages don’t die easily.  Old pages can be treasure troves.
  5. The first breakout web search tool was a subject guide.  They are still around and still useful.
  6. In addition to the “general” search tools, there are great “specialty” engines too.  Two of the best known are Google News and YouTube.

Reason #97,464 to beware Google (and Wikipedia)…

September 11th, 2008 by Jack

You wanna know why Nexis and Factiva are better?  Click here.