Harnessing the Power of Google: What Every Researcher Should Know

Harnessing the Power of Google: What Every Researcher Should Know

by Christopher C. Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781440857126
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Pages: 134
Sales rank: 578,963
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Christopher C. Brown is reference technology information librarian at the University of Denver Main Library and has been teaching as an affiliate faculty member in the University of Denver Library and Information Science program since 1999.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Searching Generally 1

History of Searching 1

Tension between Controlled Vocabulary and Full Textuality 4

Subject Headings vs. Subject Descriptors 7

Full-Text Searching: A Different Way of Thinking 8

Reference 10

Chapter 2 How Google Works 11

Crawling and Indexing 11

Ranking of Results 12

Beyond Google's Reach 12

General Google Search Tips 16

Indirect Searching-Hidden Internet Content 17

Reference 18

Chapter 3 Searching Google Web 19

Basic Search Techniques 19

Power Search Techniques 20

Keyword Formulation 23

Evaluating Web Content 23

Cached Content 27

Reference 28

Chapter 4 Power Searching for Primary Sources Using Google Web 29

Site-Specific Google Searching 30

Site Searching on the International Level 31

Site Searching on the Foreign Government Level 32

Site Searching on the U.S. National Level 34

Site Searching on the State Government Level 36

Site Searching on the Local Level (Counties and Communities) 39

Site Searching for Commercial Content 39

Site Searching for Nonprofit Content 40

Reference 41

Chapter 5 Google Scholar and Scholarly Content 43

Depth of Searching in Google Scholar 45

What Content Does Google Scholar Retrieve? 48

Books-From Google Books 49

Evaluating Google Scholar Content 50

Right Margin Links 51

Left Sidebar 54

Citation-Specific Links 58

Effective Searching in Scholar 64

Google Scholar Metrics 66

References 66

Chapter 6 Google Hooks 67

Library Project 67

Google Books Partner Program 69

Google Book Views 69

Searching and Navigating Google Books 72

The "Fulfillment" Part 72

How Complete Is Google Books? 74

Government Documents in Google Books 75

Magazines in Google Books 76

Google Books and Hathi Trust 77

Google Books and the Internet Archive 79

Fingers and Hands in Google Books 79

Citing Google Books 80

References 80

Chapter 7 Google as a Complement to Library Tools 81

What's Wrong with Academic Libraries 82

The Three Googles 88

What's Right with Academic Libraries 89

The "Flattening" of Information Sources 95

The "Holy Grail" of Search Results in the Google Age 95

Reference 95

Chapter 8 Academic Research Hacks 97

No Country Redirection (NCR) searching 97

Google Books Ngram Viewer 101

Image Searching 103

Google Translate 105

Legal Cases 107

Searching Parents 108

References 110

Chapter 9 Case Studies in Academic Research 111

Case Study 1 Resources on Human Trafficking 111

Case Study 2 Funding for Religious Schools in Tanzania and South Africa 114

Case Study 3 Paris Tango House Fashion from the 1920s 117

Case Study 4 Data on Geothermal Heat Pumps 118

Chapter 10 Searching for Statistics 123

Step 1 Determine Who Cares about the Statistics You Are Seeking 123

Step 2 Search within the Internet Domain of the Entities Likely to Issue Statistics 124

Keyword Searching and Statistics 125

Statistics Case Study 1: Immigrant Statistics for the United States 126

Statistics Case Study 2: Subnational Data for Uganda 127

Conclusion 129

Index 131

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