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1 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Photo :http://www.flickr.com/photos/harry_manback/ /http://www.flickr.com/photos/harry_manback/ / NWLIP Friday 21 st November 2008 Internet Search Techniques Karen Blakeman RBA Information Services

2 Search engine meltdown  AlltheWeb Livesearch - gone –AlltheWeb itself still alive but no further development (uses Yahoo databases)  Ask – gone down hill since latest makeover  Live.com –link and linkdomain commands – now you see ‘em, now you don’t –Academic Live, Live Books – gone  Yahoo –NOT command, parentheses, Mindset - gone  Exalead –Approximate spelling (transformed into smellslike, spell slike!) –‘regular expression’ internal masking of letters - gone  Accoona – gone –http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/10/05/accoona-is-no-more/http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/10/05/accoona-is-no-more/ 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

3 What’s new?  Google –Knol, much improved Google Finance, lots of tweaks to existing services –Google searchwiki now in action - sign in with your Google accounthttp://www.google.co.uk/  Ask –Yet another makeover, new layout, return to “Ask a Question  MSE360 –http://www.mse360.comhttp://www.mse360.com  Silobreaker -  Search visualisation tools –e.g. Cluuz ……  Lots of Web 2.0 ‘stuff’  Cuil –Cuil not so Cool –http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/07/28/cuil-not-so-cool/http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/07/28/cuil-not-so-cool/ 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

4 Search techniques – a reminder  Search engines still search for all of your terms by default –but note that Google also looks for terms in ‘links to’  Double quote marks around phrases –e.g. “climate change”  To exclude pages containing a term, precede the term with a minus sign (-)  Boolean search –OR, AND, NOT –must use capital letters for the operators –only OR works in Google and even that does not work well –Live.com, Exalead and MSE360 are best (Yahoo has withdrawn NOT, and nested Boolean) –for example chemical engineer AND (inurl:cv OR intitle:cv) AND (oil OR petroleum) 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

5 Search techniques – a reminder  Repeat your key search terms in your strategy –chocolate production UK france belgium –chocolate production UK france belgium belgium belgium give different results  Change the order of your terms –chocolate production Belgium Switzerland –production Belgium Switzerland chocolate different results  See the summary and comparison chart for the major search engines at and 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

6 File format search  Use advanced search options to limit your search to file types or format: –pdf or doc for government or industry/market reports –xls for data and statistics –ppt or pdf for presentations  Run in at least Google, Yahoo and Live  Looking for experts on a topic or presentations? –Slideshare –authorSTREAM –YouTube 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

7 Unique Google search features  Automatically looks for variations on your terms –to stop it, precede your terms with plus signs e.g. air +pollution or put your term in double quotes e.g. “Smyth”  Synonym search –precede your search terms with a tilde (~)  Numeric range search –now on advanced search page –can be weights, distances, years, prices –Command line syntax is search term(s) first value..second value unit of measurement – TV advertising spend forecasts – toblerone 1..5 kg 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

8 Unique Google search features  Proximity –use the asterisk (*) to stand in for one or more terms –macular * degeneration picks up macular retinal degeneration macula disciform degeneration macular choroidal degeneration macular vitelliform degeneration macular pigmentary degeneration –adding extra * changes the results –add, remove spaces between * * to change ranking of results why does it do that – who knows? –no information on maximum number of terms of separation 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

9 Firefox – Customise Google Add-on  Adds numbers to Google search results (position counter)  Links to other search engines  Stream search result pages  Add links to Wayback Machine 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

10 Use something other than Google 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

11 Ask   Suggestions for narrowing down or expanding your search  Particularly good for blogs  Big News gone  Search interface and options revamped –new Q&A tab 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

12 Exalead    Supports wild cards –asterisk (*) at the end of a word pollut* finds pollute, pollutant, polluting etc.  NEAR - finds words within 16 terms of one another –NEAR/n finds words within n number of terms one another climate NEAR/3 change  Approximate spelling, phonetic search (?)  Regular expression (internal masking of letters)  Feedback from users is that there is more European content, which seems to be given priority 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

13 Live Search   Results tend to be more consumer oriented  Has the most up to date database  Possibly has the most extensive database of web pages  Good image search option  Feed command for locating RSS feeds on a specified web site –site:bbc.co.uk feed:bbc.co.uk  Revamped interface but no improvement in advanced search screen  Link commands gone  Axed Link commands, Books and Academic Live  09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

14 Yahoo!   Boolean AND, OR –NOT no longer available – use the minus sign. –parentheses do not work  Indexes first 500 K of a document (Google 101 K)  Square brackets round terms to pick up terms on the page in the order specified –[carbon emissions trading]  Region command (inherited from Inktomi)  region: e.g. region:europe, region:mediterranean –others are africa, asia, centralamerica, northamerica, southamerica, mideast, southeastasia, downunder 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

15 MSE360.com   See reviews at –http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/10/05/mse360-search/http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/10/05/mse360-search/ –http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/10/06/update-on-mse360/http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2008/10/06/update-on-mse360/  Full Boolean nested search options  No advanced search screen but can use commands e.g. filetype:, site;  ‘Tiered’ results – Web, Wikipedia, blogs  Customise results layout  Tags sites that you have already visited (Firefox only at present)  Quick to respond to bug reports and fix problems 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

16 Zuula.com 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

17 Intelways.com 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

18 Science/Academic Search Engines  RefSeek –  Ten Science Search Engines - engines/ engines/ –Scirus – –Scitopia.org – –Science.gov – –ScienceResearch.com - –Scitation - –WorldWideScience.org - –Science Accelerator - –TechXtra – –search.optics.org -  Google Scholar – –use with care 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

19 Books  Amazon  Google Books –can sometimes search inside the book and looks at individual pages –useful for older texts –suppliers of the book  Project Gutenburg –electronic versions of over texts –different editions may be available e.g. Darwin’s Origin of Species  Book swap schemes –Turning over an old leaf –http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/01/ethicalliving.rec yclinghttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/01/ethicalliving.rec ycling –e.g. 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

20 News  BBC –  Search engine news options e.g. Yahoo, Google –have only the last 30 days of free news –advanced search options limited and unreliable –no source list, and sources frequently change –key industry publications may not be included  Google News Archive –some sources going back 200 years –many articles are priced (before you buy check other sources)  Silobreaker -  Chipwrapper May 2015Karen Blakeman

21 Silobreaker  covers free resources  news, blogs, video, images  market trends  geographical location of stories  people  networks 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

22 Chipwrapper  Google Custom Search engine  Searches everything available on 15 free UK News Sites  No date sort option but typing in the year usually works 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

23 Yahoo Finance 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

24 Google Finance 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

25 Blog searching  Google Blogsearch –http://www.google.com/blogsearchhttp://www.google.com/blogsearch  Ask – Blogs and feeds –http://www.ask.com/http://www.ask.com/  Exalead –http://www.exalead.com/http://www.exalead.com/ –limit search to Site Type Blog  Live Search –http://www.live.com/ and select Feedshttp://www.live.com/  Blog and feed search engines –Technorati.com, Blogpulse.com 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

26 Blogpulse search and trends 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman Click on the graph to see ‘trends’

27 Blogpulse trends 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

28 pipl   Review at search-beta/ search-beta/  Searches ‘hidden’ web + Google search –blog search, Google Groups, LinkedIn, Flickr, Google Scholar, Electoral Roll, Directories, Amazon, Hoovers, Zoominfo etc. –Google web search results not the same as an ordinary Google search – they incorporate terms such as resume, CV 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

29 Zoominfo - Karen Blakeman’s verified profile 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman Information ‘verified’ by Karen Blakeman View the ‘references’ (web pages) to see the information in context

30 LinkedIn 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

31 Facebook 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

32 Cluuz   “Cluuz … core technology understands the relationship between the entities, terms, or persons searched leading to more relevant, easy to understand search results”  Not totally intuitive but the network visualisation is ‘cool’  The links in the network visualisation do not always relate to the same person or organisation but they are usually working in a similar field or subject area  Results change from one day to the next, one hour to the next, but still worth a look 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

33 Cluuz 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

34 Create your own search engine  Examples: –AlacraSearch –pipl –Chipwrapper  Google Custom Search Engines –http://www.google.com/coop/csehttp://www.google.com/coop/cse –can be hosted on your own site or on Google :tui4ebh5r_ahttp://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx= :tui4ebh5r_a 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

35 ‘Disappearing’ pages  Search engine cache copies –Google, Yahoo, Live, Ask, Exalead  Wayback machine –http://www.archive.org/http://www.archive.org/ –from 1996 to about 6 months ago –navigate the archived site or type in the full URL of the document if known  Firefox users –install the Resurrect Pages add-on 27 November 2006Karen Blakeman May 2015Karen Blakeman

36 Wayback Machine 09 May 2015Karen Blakeman

37 09 May Karen Blakeman Tel: , blog: Facebook – Karen Blakeman Twitter: karenblakeman Photo: Dan Cupid


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