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Title: New interface for Ask.com. Good clustering. Highlight


1
30 Tips in 45 Minutes
  • Mary Ellen Bates
  • Bates Information Services
  • mbates_at_BatesInfo.com

2
1.
  • Simply Google
  • Excellent overview site of all Google's features
    and sites, downloads, blogs
  • www.usabilityviews.com/ simply_google.htm

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

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
  • www.searchtheweb2.com

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

6
5.
  • Consider the QA services
  • answers.yahoo.com
  • qna.live.com
  • askville.ask.com
  • linkedin.com/answers
  • Use with caution!

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

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

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
10.
  • Kosmix.com
  • Vertical search engine on steroids
  • Excellent clustering
  • Health, Video games, Finance, Travel, US
    politics, Autos

12
11.
  • 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
12.
  • Use Yahoo's Mindset feature
  • mindset.research.yahoo.com
  • Are you researching or shopping?

14
13.
  • MSN's cool synonym-suggestion tool
  • Intended for helping search engine advertisers
    identify similar words and common misspellings
  • snurl.com/zqyd

15
14.
  • MSN's misspelling-suggestion engine
  • snurl.com/zqyl

16
15.
  • Consider 37signals.com
  • Great collaborative resources
  • Project management, to-do lists, file sharing,
    time slips, etc.

17
16.
  • Ask's maps
  • Both driving and walking directions
  • Takes local topography into account
  • maps.ask.com

18
17.
  • Use Exalead's NEAR/n operator
  • (solar OR sun) NEAR/3 power

19
18.
  • Live Academic search
  • Great search results page
  • Sort options
  • Slider bar for verbosity
  • Endless scroll of results!
  • academic.live.com

20
19.
  • Compare search engines
  • CompareSearchEngines.dogpile.com
  • jux2
  • ranking.thumbshots.com
  • TwinGine.com
  • YahooGoogleMSN.com

21
20.
  • Data visualization arrives to the value-added
    online services
  • Factiva's Discovery Pane in Search 2.0

22
21.
  • TouchGraph
  • Finds relationships among URLs
  • Uses Google's "Similar pages" function
  • Finds related books in Amazon
  • Uses subject terms

23
22.
  • Gigablast
  • Limit to multiple sites
  • Gigabits clustering
  • Extremely cool complex search and ranking tools
    (see Help file for syntax)

24
23.
  • Snap Search
  • Easy to navigate
  • Visual search results
  • Can interact with site within Snap
  • Based on Gigablast
  • snap.com

25
24.
  • GooFresh
  • Limits Google search to only sites recently added
    or updated in the index
  • Great for doing repeated searches!
  • Props to Tara Calishain
  • www.researchbuzz.org/2003/09/ goofresh.shtml

26
25.
  • Check out podcast lectures from
  • Yale
  • Princeton
  • UC Berkeley
  • Stanford
  • Johns Hopkins

27
26.
  • SearchMash
  • Unbranded Google site
  • Cool interface
  • Results sorted by web page, images, blogs,
    videos, Wikipedia
  • Infinite scroll

28
27.
  • Google's Topic Search
  • Health, Destination Guides, etc.
  • Info pros can contribute
  • www.google.com/coop/topics/?showall

29
28.
  • PageBull
  • Metasearch tool
  • Entirely visual
  • Good for right-brained searchers

30
29.
  • Watch Google's Librarian Center
  • Blog, newsletter, teaching tools
  • Tips of the Trade
  • librariancentral.blogspot.com

31
30.
  • OneLook
  • Reverse dictionary!
  • Better than a thesaurus!
  • onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

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

33
  • Mary Ellen BatesBates Information
    Serviceswww.BatesInfo.commbates_at_BatesInfo.com30
    3.772.7095
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