Mackenzie Brooks // firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor & Digital Humanities Librarian // English Department Liaison
Fall Academy, August 26, 2015
- Breeze through the history of information retrieval.
- Explore the inner workings of Search Everything.
- Reveal search tips for Google Scholar and Google.
- Discuss student research challenges.
"Too Big to Know"
Knowledge now lives not just in libraries and museums and academic journals. It lives not just in the skulls of individuals. Our skulls and our institutions are simply not big enough to contain knowledge. Knowledge is now a property of the network, and the network embraces businesses, governments, media, museums, curated collections, and minds in communication.
Weinberger, David. Too Big to Know : Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room. New York: Basic Books, 2014.
Research difficulties experienced by college freshman:
1. Formulating effective and efficient online searches
2. Identifying, selecting, and locating sources
3. Reading, comprehending, and summarizing materials
4. Figuring out faculty’s expectations for research assignments
Head, Alison J. "Project Information Literacy Research Report: Learning the Ropes.” Project Information Literacy Research Report, December 4, 2013.
Search Everything is:
- a discovery tool/system/service
- something we pay for
- potentially biased
- one of the best of its kind
- still not perfect
- constantly changing
- 384,267 e-books
- 94,735 e-journals
- 513,255,675 records
- 975,050 catalog items (mostly print)
- 1.5 billion citations
- 90 content types
- Use quotes for phrase searching
- * matches 0+ characters
- ? matches a single character
- Use Boolean operators AND, NOT, OR
- Use refinements/filters or advanced search
You have to tell Search Everything that you know what you're looking for.
- Updates quicker that Search Everything
- Handles open access material well
- Finds freely available PDFs
- Decent relevancy, especially for journal articles
Integrates with library holdings
- Settings > library links
Google search tips
- Verbatim search (rather than quotes)
- Time-based search
- mustang -ford
- "5 Things Google Scholar Does Better Than Your Library Discovery Service"
- "As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools"
- "At Sea in a Deluge of Data"
- "How Search Works" by Google
- "Removing the Truthiness from Google"
- Project Information Literacy website
- "Project Information Literacy: What Can Be Learned about the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today’s College Students?"