Beyond standard search tips

I’m at Computers in Libraries (D.C.) and liveblogging my notes from Gary Price’s session on search sites and beta sites.

His materials can be found at and he is @infodocket on twitter.

He asks some important questions–

This should be our (libraries) shining moment.  Why isn’t it? and how can we change that?

He encourages us to talk to everyone we meet in different contexts about what we do–it elevates our library and our profession, he says.

Sites of interest:

  • reminder to use the siderail of Google search.  Scroll way to the bottom–can search Verbatim, set date limits, can even search by reading level.
  • Microsoft Academic Search (like Google Scholar)– close to 40 million academic publications; currently still enhancing.;   you can look up an academic profile , visualize their publishing, connect to their publications
  • City Maps –available for NYC, SF, AUstin; soon for Chicago and Boston;   street by street level map of every store in the city mixed in with social media  They also just released an app.
  • Net Galley  (Librarians can apply to get copy of galley copies of books as e-books).  Request copy and if you are approved, you receive the galley.
  • Ifft– create automatic emails or reminders anytime something happens.  Anytime you favorite tweet, send a link somewhere like Everynote.  Combine different tools.  (Will Richardson is a fan of this)
  • twdocs–  Can select  your latest tweets, favorite tweets, a twitter search resultsand have them delivered to yourself in many different formats like .pdf, spreadsheets, doc, etc.
  • SMall Demons — taking an word and looking for it in books that mention it.  Like search Elvis and shows you books that he is mentioned in.  cool book discovery tool
  • National Gallery of Art–  all open for use.
  • TinEye — upload your image or paste in a url of an image online– you can find who else might be using an image online.  (So if someone is using an image you took, it will tell you.  I wonder if that works with flickr images?)  They are building a database
  •  –free  educational videos that are curated by educators; rated.  Sorted by subject area.  Cool. (Dr. Larry Sanger’s project–co founder of Wikipedia).
  •  collection of full text documents you can add to LibGuides, wikis, etc. you are creating.
  • Cloud Magic — also app;  instantaneous search of your Google mail or your tweets when you are trying to find things. Have to link your Google mail or Twitter accounts.  Really fast, especially the app.
  • Spool– you can archive articles and videos for later, even offline.  It will also archive Flash video and make it accessible to you on an IOS/Apple device.   “A dvr for the web.”

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