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Sara Thompson

Library Labs RSS4Lib - 0 views

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    "The following is an alphabetical list of library web pages that list experimental, beta, or trial web tools and services."
Mark Lindner

» Differences in Discovery Tools An Anthropology of Algorithms - 0 views

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    One of the main conclusions of this research is that students are outsourcing much of the evaluation process to the search tools themselves, and because of this the search algorithms that drive these tools are functioning to determine what resources students use.  Differences in resource use attributable to differences in the design of the discovery tools' search algorithms could be directly observed in the data collected from students.
Sara Thompson

instaGrok: The Search Engine Made Just For Education | Edudemic - 0 views

  • The killer feature to me is not the fun interactive ‘related terms’ web or the websites and images that pop up with each search. It’s the ‘Quizzes’ tool that gives you classroom-ready quiz questions on your search term. It’s downright amazing.
  • Quick Tip:You can use the little slider at the top of the search results screen to adjust how detailed your results are. You can go from the ABC chalkboard to the Einstein-y looking fella.
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    Without going into too much detail, instaGrok basically lets you punch in any search term (I'd recommend using a subject matter or item you're learning about) and get a neatly formatted and interactive experience as search results
Sara Thompson

Wolfram|Alpha Analyzes Shakespeare's Plays - 0 views

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    "We thought it would be interesting to see what sorts of computational insights Wolfram|Alpha could provide, so we uploaded the complete catalog of Shakespeare's plays into our database. This allows our users to examine Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and the rest of the Bard's plays in an entirely new way."
Mark Lindner

Glorious Generalist: Simplifying Library Database Interfaces - 2 views

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    EBSCO interface tweaking & general thoughts on db interfaces

    By the way, I know this author personally.
Sara Thompson

10 Amazing Uses for Wolfram Alpha - How-To Geek - 0 views

  • Enter two terms with a vs in between them and you’ll get a comparison. For example, you could compare websites to see the differences in traffic between them.

  • Enter a type of food and Wolfram Alpha will provide you with its nutrition information. You don’t have to stop at one — enter multiple types of food and Wolfram Alpha will compare them for you.

  • Ask where you are and Wolfram will use your IP address to track you down. You can also enter an IP address into the box and Wolfram will track that IP address down and tell you where it is.

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  • Wolfram Alpha can come up with a random password and estimate how long it will take to crack. You can even tweak the rules used to generate the password.

  • Have you been drinking? Wolfram Alpha can estimate whether you can legally drive home. Ask it if you’re drunk and you’ll get a form asking for more information.

  • Enter a name and you can see how common it is, complete with a graph showing you how popular the name has been over time. Enter multiple names and Wolfram will compare how common they are.

  • Type body mass index and Wolfram will present you with another form. After you provide your weight and height, Wolfram Alpha will calculate your BMI and tell you whether you’re within the normal range.

  • Want to find words that begin with a certain letter, end with a certain combination of letters — or both? Just ask Wolfram Alpha in plain English.

Mark Lindner

At Last: Our Publicly Accessible Portal to Search, Browse, and Read ECCO-TCP ... - 1 views

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    I'm delighted to report that this is no longer the case: the University of Michigan-based implementation of the ECCO-TCP texts can now be fully explored by the general public: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ecco/.
Mark Lindner

Comparison - Unified Resource Discovery Comparison - 0 views

Sara Thompson

How Users Search the Library from a Single Search Box - 2 views

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    Article from ACRL, due out March 2012
    This study examines how users search a large public university library using a prominent, single search box on the library website. The article examines two semesters of real-world data, totaling nearly 1.4 million transactions...
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How to Turn Off Google's Annoying New Personal Search Results - 0 views

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    A way to turn off this annoying feature
Sara Thompson

UC Berkeley Free Class: Search Engines 141 - 0 views

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    "UC Berkeley - Search, Google, and Life - Guest Lecturers Sergey Brin, Bradley Horowitz, Jason Schultz, and more - This free course from the University of California at Berkeley gives you an opportunity to sit in on some of the greatest minds in modern technology as they discuss how their products, services, and companies play a major role in shaping the way we obtain information, process it, and view the world. They also discuss how they came to be involved in those technologies, and how search and search engines work and have changed the internet as we know it."
Mark Lindner

It occurs to me that my desire for our discovery... - LSW - FriendFeed - 2 views

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    Excellent discussion of discovery layers vs. OPACs, especially in small liberal arts schools. Should be read and seriously thought about.
Mark Lindner

SearchReSearch: What is AND about, really? - 0 views

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    One question I hear quite a bit is this: Don't we have to teach the basics of Boolean search to our students?

    The answer, from a Google perspective is this: We teach Boolean searching only for using traditional database systems.
Mark Lindner

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students - 1 views

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    a recent study found that 3 out of 4 students don't search Google efficiently, and you probably know other people who could use some Googling help. This infographic is for them and it also might make a handy poster with reminders for basic tricks.
Mark Lindner

SearchReSearch: Verbatim mode - Google without interpretation - 0 views

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    "What's Verbatim search? It's Google search without any synonymization, spell-correction, personalization or other interpretation. That is, it's just a basic search without any alterations in what you typed into the query box. To be clear, 99% of the time, those alterations actually improve your search results quite a bit. But every so often you really want just what you typed. Verbatim mode is for those situations. "
Sara Thompson

The Learning Black Market - 0 views

  • In simple terms students personal use of the internet is generally very effective for their education but they are nervous that their practices are not valid and don’t reveal them to their tutors.
  • The learning black market exists largely in the Personal area of the map. Our data from the Transitional education-stage (Late stage secondary school + first year undergraduate) is indicating that learning activity in this area has two main elements
  • I suspect that Facebook IM is used extensively for homework as it’s convenient and immediate. It’s also private and a very low risk way of collaborating with a fellow student.
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  • The debate should be around how we evolve educational processes to take advantage of or to account for these new forms.  We cannot continue to teach the literacies that have been the mainstay of the educational system in their current form because the web smashes traditional paths to understanding.
  • A search on Google to help complete an assignment commonly returns a Wikipedia article. As we know Wikipedia articles are pitched at an ideal level and length to get a handle on a new subject which is something our Transitional students have to do a lot. The problem is that most of the students in the Transitional education stage we have spoken to in the US and the UK have been told not to use Wikipedia and so keep this practice a secret.
  • This is generating the learning black market in which is it all too easy to simulate understanding for coursework and formal assessments. Worse still, it is a market in which genuine learning can take place but is not being recognised because resources and practices are not seen as valid and therefore do not become visible to the formal education system.
  • I think what you are describing here is more accurately a grey (or parallel) market “the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial, unauthorized, or unintended by the original manufacturer”.
  • I chose the name ‘Learning Black Market’ because of the way in which I think current approaches are pushing students learning practices ‘underground’ (as Jo’s experience would indicate). It’s the clandestine aspect of the phrase that I’m interested in. The ‘goods and services’ are not in themselves illegal but they are being treated that way by students.
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    "The messages or lack of messages from educational institutions on these practices is generating a learning black market which masks the sheer scale of these new modes of engagement."
Sara Thompson

Index labels and examples of expert search in WorldCat - 0 views

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    Index labels and examples of expert search in WorldCat; short code commands for things like title, series, isbn and many others
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