Google search secrets

(Chicago, 29 October 2013)   Google can be an incredibly powerful tool for research, but the top-of-the-page results are seldom the most beneficial to library users and students, and many of the search engine’s most useful features are hidden behind its famously simple interface. In “Google Search Secrets,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers reveal tricks and tips for effective Google searches, showing how to get the most out of the service, with:

  • an overview of all the tool’s search services, including Images, Maps, News, Blogs, Discussions, Scholar, Patents and Books;
  • ready-to-use instructions on how to go beyond the simple search box and top results to get library users the answers they need, fast;
  • straightforward guidance on using filters to refine search results, with examples of common searches like images with Creative Commons licenses, news searches set for a date range or into an archive and videos with closed captioning;
  • an explanation of the bibliography manager feature of Google Scholar, which allows students and researchers to build bibliographies with ease;
  • tips for configuring Safe Search on workstations in children’s departments and schools;
  • copious screenshots that walk readers through each topic step by step.

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