Maximizing the Use of the Open Web, Gary Price #InternetLibrarian @InfoDocket

Gary Price

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Open Web, for lack of a better term, is what you find on Google.

Interested in specialty resources, primary sources.  Example, recent report from International Red Cross had lots of great data on disasters.

How to get this info into traditional library resources?  People don’t know about this material.

People don’t know about putting phrases in quotation marks or using the site: operator.

How he searches for new resources on Google:

  1. Search by domain, such as
  2. Use tools to limit within, say, past year
  3. Turn off relevance and sort by date
  4. Limit to filetype:pdf

Could send out by e-mail, blog, RSS feed.  You could use IFTTT to convert RSS to e-mail.

Zapier is similar to IFTTT.

Central repository for librarians to put their finds?

Could automatically update LibGuides or open textbooks.

Early attempts for librarians to curate the web: LII, IPL, BUBL.  People thought Google would solve all of these problems and we wouldn’t need curation.  Gary says curation is needed now more than ever, but we need to take it to the next level.

Somebody wants to know about mental health,  tell them about WHO’s MindBank — a curated database of international sources on mental health.  Don’t just tell them to go to the WHO site.

Used to be known as selective dissemination of information (SDI).

If you tell them about something when it’s new, you become known as the person who knows about new resources.  It may not always be useful to them, but it reminds them that you’re doing this.

If you tell people to go to your web site, they forget.  If you tweet something once, people may not see it hours or days later.

What if we take the trouble to add these reports to our collection and then the link goes dead?  Maybe we should be archiving them.  You can go to the Wayback Machine and use the “Save Page Now” option.

The UK government has an RSS feed of new government reports.

NY Academy of Medicine grey literature report.

California Research Bureau: “studies in the news” (California State Library)

[My own contribution to a specialty curated collection: ]


Super Searcher Apps, Sites & Tools, Gary Price #InternetLibrarian @InfoDocket

Gary Price, LJ Infodocket

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Uses Zoho, similar to and predating Google Docs.

Webrecorder records your web browsing (HTML, not PDF).  Can view later or download the pages you saved. search for podcasts.  Directory of podcasts; keyword-searchable for some podcasts.

Don’t forget C-Span video search. Create custom clips.

BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine.  100 million articles, many of them open access. 4,600 content sources. Can get RSS feed from any of them.

Semantic Scholar: Currently focused on telecommunications.


CORE: Open access research papers.

Microsoft Academic: Re-launched.

Inoreader: fee-based. Aggregates RSS feeds, Twitter streams, Google News alerts.  All keyword-searchable.  Many ways to share info, including sending e-mail.

Time Travel: searches Wayback Machine and similar archives.

Various data search engines.

Notablist: aggregating business e-mail campaigns.

Downie: Best tool for downloading web video. c. $19 one-time charge.

Photomath: Take a picture of an algebra problem and it solves it.

Google Translate app works with pictures (e.g., a French menu)

CamFind: describes pictures, even TV.

NewsLookup: similar to Google News, global in scope. Also worldwide.  Source list. Medical subset of Newsbrief.

WHO Mindbank: News on mental health. Data from web pages

JournalTOCs: Journal tables of contents

Another blog post about this session:

Edited to add links.

Power Searcher Techniques & New Trends, Greg Notess #InternetLibrarian @notess

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Majority of searches coming through mobile.

Mobile emphasis:

  • Fewer searche features: no search tools, cache; shorter snippets
  • Additions//advantages: fewer ads
  • Different results
  • Soon: different databases

Within months, Google will divide its index and give mobile users “better” and fresher content.  (Search Engine Land)

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP): now live at Google and Bing.  Publishers can optimize their pages for mobile.  In search results, you’ll see a little lightning bolt and/or AMP.

Knowlege Graph: Box with info, answers rather than links, “things not strings.”  Concept match rather than text match.

In the search box, Bing starts giving suggestions.  “Information literacy papers by …” gives author suggestions.

Google: RankBrain

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, predicts which results get chosen.

Machine learning:

Used by 100+ Google Teams.  RankBrain is just one.

Searcher impacts:

Google increasingly seeks to interpret queries.  Straight text matching becoming rare. Ideal is the Star Trek computer.  Some syntax tricks (like the + ) don’t work any more.  More image search, conversational searching.  But, they emphasize, there is still solid growth in desktop and tablet searching.

Google changes:

Gone: location search tool, PageRank scores, separate tablet interface (now uses mobile).

“Right to be forgotten” works with searchers geolocated within Europe.

Medical symptoms search: expanded knowledge cards.  Working with medical professionals to provide reliable info.

Google quality raters: Hiring humans to evaluate search results.  146 pages of guidelines.  Expertise, authoritative, trustworthy (EAT).  Less emphasis on supplementary content, such as “About” pages.

Google Images: saving and tagging, filtering with colored buttons.

Truncation: an asterisk at the end of a word doesn’t do much for you, since Google is doing all kinds of synonym and concept searching.  However it does work for a missing word in a phrase: “a wealth of information creates * attention.”

Number range still works in Google.  5..8.34 or 5-8.34  Even works with a $

Bing operators:

filteytpe:, intitle: and some odd ones.

Google News:

81 country/language editions

New “local source” tag in some areas.

Google Scholar:

Known item searches now give one result!

Added suggested queries at the bottom.

Legal searches offer “sort by date.”

Save to “my library.”  Can even edit citations.

Titles change: newspapers, preprint vs. published article. Better to search on a phrase within the article.

Some blogs on rather than Blogspot.

Remember to click on the little triangle for cached and similar pages.

Remember Wayback Machine.

Memento feature on Chrome

Diversify search engines: use Bing, Duck Duck Go, Gigablast (has a show metatags button)

Link searching:

Gigablast (link: and sitelink:)

Open Site Explorer (3 a day) (free registration)

Updated to add links.