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Searches From Those With Strange Issues

Epiar – “These phrases are bizarre enough on their own, but what really makes me shake my head and wonder is imagining the situations these poor, unfortunate, confused people must find themselves in the first place.” (via)

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Use More Than One Engine

This is a no brainer for librarians (I hope), but a recent report comes up with the stats.

The LIB says:

“But we, as library folk, should care. It means we should be using metasearch engines. Or we should be using more than one engine at a time. We should try to educate our users about this. We should try to make it clear that if you’re looking for research, for comprehensive answers, one engine ain’t gonna do it for ya.”

Great advice. Despite the fact the report was commissioned by a metasearch engine which has a lot to gain from the results going in the direction that they did, I applaud it.

Librarians who put in one or two keywords into Google are unnecessary middlemen. Anyone can do that. We need to go beyond that.

One last point: In the past many metasearch engines did not incorporate the entire databases of the engines they purported to search. If you are going to use these engines, make sure you are getting results as extensive as those that would appear in a search of the engine on its primary site.

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Humans are Searchers

The NYT on human powered search. Mahalo gets a lot of attention. (via)

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Life-Long Computer Skills

Great piece by Jakob Nielsen:

"Today’s search engine market leader might be gone in 20 years, and the search page layouts that currently dominate all search engines will almost certainly change. So, we shouldn’t teach the kids Google hacks.

That said, the general search concept will only become more important in the future, as we get ever-more information that will be ubiquitously accessible. Strategies for how to formulate good queries, how and when to use query reformulation or other search refinements, how to use scoped search, how to judge search result relevancy, and how to combine multiple search engines of different types will remain important, even as the specifics of how to implement such strategies change."

Lots of other invocations, including Information Overload (ack!!) and Information Credibility.

Do take a look.  I want to give it a standing ovation, but I’m on the train and, well, that would look silly. (via)

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