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1 1 30 Tips in 45 Minutes Mary Ellen Bates Bates Information Services

2 2 1. Simply Google  Excellent overview site of all Google's features and sites, downloads, blogs  simply_google.htm

3 3 2. AskX.com  New interface for Ask.com  Good clustering  Highlights Wikipedia  Images, news items, blogs, etc. highlighted

4 4 3. Search The Web 2.0  Lets you narrow the search using popular terms (trendy) or obscure terms (long tail)  Overlay on Google search engine 

5 5 4. Google Search History  Limit your search to what you've searched before  Is Google Big Brother?  google.com/searchhistory

6 6 5. Consider the Q&A services  answers.yahoo.com  qna.live.com  askville.ask.com  linkedin.com/answers Use with caution!

7 7 6. Use search engines' quick-answer feature  Ask.com's Smart Answers  Google's OneBox  Yahoo's Shortcuts  MSN's Instant Answers

8 8 7. Squidoo  Hybrid of a web page, interactive poll, Flickr-like photos, notes from readers, and a blog  Great way to share resources with colleagues

9 9 8. Build customized search engine  Rollyo.com  Yahoo Search Builder  Google Co-Coop  Live.com's Macros  Gigablast's Custom Topic Search

10 10 9. Yahoo's Search Subscriptions  Non-subscribers can search Factiva, LexisNexis, Wall Street Journal, Forrester, IEEE, FT.com, etc.  Pay with credit card  Limited versions of some databases  search.yahoo.com/subscriptions

11 Kosmix.com  Vertical search engine on steroids  Excellent clustering Health, Video games, Finance, Travel, US politics, Autos

12 NationMaster.com  Source for national stats  Cool tool for presenting graphical info  Data from WHO, World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, OECD, etc.

13 Use Yahoo's Mindset feature  mindset.research.yahoo.com  Are you researching or shopping?

14 MSN's cool synonym-suggestion tool  Intended for helping search engine advertisers identify similar words and common misspellings  snurl.com/zqyd

15 MSN's misspelling-suggestion engine  snurl.com/zqyl

16 Consider 37signals.com  Great collaborative resources  Project management, to-do lists, file sharing, time slips, etc.

17 Ask's maps  Both driving and walking directions  Takes local topography into account  maps.ask.com

18 Use Exalead's NEAR/n operator  (solar OR sun) NEAR/3 power

19 Live Academic search  Great search results page  Sort options  Slider bar for verbosity  Endless scroll of results! academic.live.com

20 Compare search engines  CompareSearchEngines.dogpile.com  jux2  ranking.thumbshots.com  TwinGine.com  YahooGoogleMSN.com

21 Data visualization arrives to the value- added online services  Factiva's Discovery Pane in Search 2.0

22 TouchGraph  Finds relationships among URLs Uses Google's "Similar pages" function  Finds related books in Amazon Uses subject terms

23 Gigablast  Limit to multiple sites  Gigabits clustering  Extremely cool complex search and ranking tools (see Help file for syntax)

24 Snap Search  Easy to navigate  Visual search results  Can interact with site within Snap  Based on Gigablast  snap.com

25 GooFresh  Limits Google search to only sites recently added or updated in the index  Great for doing repeated searches!  Props to Tara Calishain  goofresh.shtml

26 Check out podcast lectures from  Yale  Princeton  UC Berkeley  Stanford  Johns Hopkins

27 SearchMash  Unbranded Google site  Cool interface  Results sorted by web page, images, blogs, videos, Wikipedia  Infinite scroll

28 Google's Topic Search  Health, Destination Guides, etc.  Info pros can contribute 

29 PageBull  Metasearch tool  Entirely visual  Good for right-brained searchers

30 Watch Google's Librarian Center  Blog, newsletter, teaching tools  Tips of the Trade  librariancentral.blogspot.com

31 OneLook  Reverse dictionary!  Better than a thesaurus!  onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

32 32 Mary Ellen offers two free bulletins: “Search Tip of the Month” and "Info-Entrepreneur Tip of the Month" If you would like to subscribe to either, just ask ( ) Also, check out her blog at LibrarianOfFortune.com

33 33 Mary Ellen Bates Bates Information Services


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