SEaK – Search Engage and Know Do you feel lost on the information highway?
Don’t know where to start looking for information?
Feel intimidated by the library or the internet?
The State Library has a range of free, practical hands-on workshops where you can improve your research skills and get internet search tips and tricks. All sessions are designed to give you a head start in uncovering the wealth of information available in the Library’s collections and online.
As a middle-aged library geek I subscribe to quite a few email lists that keep me up to date with websites and search tools – one of the more infrequent but most useful is from Mary Ellen Bates at Web Search Pacific. Much as I love and rely on Google it’s great to get Mary Ellen’s word on many other resources that are out there to be used. This week she’s writing about AltSearchEngines.com, a blog style guide to the myriad of other specialised search engines that are out there… and she reminds us of some of the great advanced search options from Google that allow you to find things on other sites (try this on Google: science site:altsearchengine.com/2007 ). If you find the syntax a bit challenging you can go to Google’s Advanced Search page and fill in the boxes – most search engines have advanced searching options that are really worth checking out!
As well as Mary Ellen’s infrequent (but invaluable) newsletter (sign up at Web Search Pacific) you should also check out the weekly newsletter from Internet Scout Project and for those with the soul of a reference librarian the irregular and invaluable Project Wombat list (formerly known as Stumpers) – where reference librarians go when they are stuck and rarely go away without an answer!