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Just like any tool, the usefulness of Google is determined by the skill of the user. While library databases are ideal for research, it’s important for researchers to understand how to properly use those resources that they will have access to after leaving the University setting. This session will teach you tricks to enhance your Google skills, including Google Scholar, and skills that transfer to other search engines.

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  • 1. Googling for Answers The Ins and Outs of Using GoogleEffectivelySonnet IrelandGoogle GuruLLA ConferenceEarl K. Long LibraryMarch 8, 2013 University of New Orleans

2. What are you going to show us?Some cool Google tricks to find what you needDifferent aspects of Google 3. Quick Answers from GoogleDefining a word define:termCalculating Remember PEMDAS Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, SubtractConverting unitsNumber unit in converted unit 4. Google can even Answer QuestionsWhen is daylight savings timeWhat day of the week is ChristmasWho won the Super BowlWhat is the capital of Vermont 5. Did you know that Google can beused to limit to A particular site A particular type of file A time periodYou can also exclude words and search forrelated terms. 6. Site:In Google, you can actually specify a particulartype of site to search.Site:For instance, you can search for governmentinformation on any topic by using site:.gov. 7. ExamplesCampaign site:.org(well come back to this search throughout)Now you give me terms, and Ill search.edu.org.gov 8. Specific site:You can also use Google to search a specificwebsiteCampaign site:pew.orgSearch UNO site for tuition 2013Now Google tuition 2013 site:uno.edu 9. Filetype:Sometimes, you remember an awesome file thatyou ran across on a websitebut you cantremember the name or what site it was on.Google can help with the Filetype search Filetype: 10. Examplesafrican american history filetype:pdftwitter filetype:pptcitation filetype:pdfgovernment citation filetype:pdfUnlike the site search, the filetype search does notuse a period between the colon and the file type. 11. Time Period ..You can also limit a search using the time periodsearch. ..I have to admit that this doesnt always work theway it should, so you can also limit the timeframe in the Advanced Search area. 12. ExampleBill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009Better with the Search Tools 13. Excluding -And back tocampaign site:.orgBut we keep getting Wikipedia! I knowCampaign -wiki site:.org 14. Related Terms ~Search College budgetsSee the difference when we search~college budgetsYou can also use the related searches section. 15. Using Search Tools to Limit Your ResultsAnd back tocampaign site:.orgLimit by timeLimit by types of resultsLimit by location 16. Advanced Search ScreenDemonstration 17. Advanced Searching of ImagesNow you can search images with Google likenever beforeLimit to Size, Color, Type, or Time.Lets do a search for Privateers 18. Other Google SearchesVideos State of the UnionBooks Basic Business LibraryPatents Windmill 19. The Other GoogleGoogle ScholarOption to search articleslibrary mission statementsOr legal documentsworld wildlife fund world wrestling federation 20. Other Google SitesTranslateFinanceOffersDriveReader 21. Even MoreDemonstration 22. Bing!What works?Campaign site:.orgCampaign site:pew.orgCampaign -wiki site:.orgAfrican american filetype:pdf 23. Bing!What doesntBill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009~college budgetsRelated searches section 24. Bing!What I like What I dont Becoming more Becoming moreGoogle-esque Google-esque Image and Video searches Doesnt bring up the same content as other search Pretty picture engines No Advanced Search Option 25. Yahoo! What worksCampaign site:.orgCampaign site:pew.orgCampaign -wiki site:.orgAfrican American history filetype:pdf 26. Yahoo!What doesnt workBill Clinton presidential campaign 2007..2009~college budgetsRelated searches section 27. Yahoo!What I likeWhat I dont All Search Services option The Trending Now section Yahoo! Search Resources Yahoo! Advanced Web Search Yahoo! Dating Yahoo! Finance Yahoo! Help Yahoo! Search Help 28. Google Search Educationhttp://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation Power Searching Courseshttp://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/ 29. Thank you! Sonnet IrelandHead of Federal Documents & MicroformsEarl K. Long Library, University of New [email protected]://www.linkedin.com/in/sonnetShameless Self-PromotionGov Info 4 Schoolsgovinfo4schools.blogspot.comFederal Documents @ Earl K. Long Libraryfeddocs.blogspot.com Twitter: @feddocs and @sonnetireland

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