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Search Strategies covers facts and tips, reviews of search tools and detailed strategies for more effective searching. Some information such as the fact sheets and Top Tips are available free of charge. The more detailed information on strategies is available on subscription. Annual individual subscription rates are £48/year (£40 + £8 VAT). Multi-user and corporate rates are available on request. For further details contact Karen Blakeman publications@rba.co.uk

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Fact sheets

Top Search Tips List of search tips contributed by participants of Karen Blakeman's advanced search workshops. (Free of charge.)

Selected Google Commands (Free of charge.)

Google Search Tips List of tips for taming Google that have been recommended by people who have attended Karen Blakeman's Google workshops. (Free of charge.)

Search Tools Summary and Comparison Table summarising and comparing a selection of the advanced search commands that are available in Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo. (Free of charge.)

Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) How to set up a Google CSE to search selected sites. (Free of charge.)

General search strategies

Excluding sites from your search (Subscription). HTML and PDF (3 pages)

From tourism to research information: how to change the emphasis of results (Subscription).Techniques for changing the type of information returned by the search engines, for example consumer vs. more research focused pages. HTML and PDF (5 pages).

Google

Five things you need to know about Google search (Subscription). This article explains how Google works to deliver your search results and why your results can change radically from one minute to the next. Updated December 17th, 2012. HTML arcticle and PDF (8 pages).

The PDF can also be purchased separately, is available as an ePUB and for the Kindle

How to make Google search for what you want (Subscription). Updated December 17th, 2012. Available as an HTML article and PDF.

The PDF can also be purchased on its own, is available as an ePUB and for the Kindle

PowerPoint with notes (Subscription). Updated December 17th, 2012.

PowerPoint with notes and narration (30 MB file) Narration currently being updated.

Selected Google Commands (Free of charge.)

Google Search Tips List of tips for taming Google that have been recommended by people who have attended Karen Blakeman's Google workshops. (Free of charge.)

Tools for finding research information

Free search tools for finding research information (Subscription).
PDF article covering five things you need to know about Google, advanced searching in Google, alternative web search tools, institutional repositories and specialist tools. 42 pages including table of contents, list of links and references. Created February 2013.

Further details and table of contents

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Free search tools for finding research information £5.99

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Some sections are available separately as HTML and PDF files as part of the Search Strategies subscription as listed below.

Advanced search commands for finding research information (Subscription). HTML article and PDF (7 pages)
Created 17th February 2013.

Google Scholar (Subscription) HTML article and PDF (7 pages)
Created 11th February 2013.

Institutional repositories (Subscription) HTML article and PDF (2 pages). Created 23rd January 2013

Mendeley as a search tool for research papers. (Subscription). Available as an HTML article and PDF Created January 9th, 2013.

Microsoft Academic Search (Subscription) HTML article and PDF (5 pages) Created February 12th, 2013.

Science Search Tools (Subscription) HTML article and PDF (9 pages). Created February 13th 2013.

Company information

Finding official company information (Subscription). Covers national and international resources, both free and priced, that provide access to official company information. HTML article and PDF (4 pages)

Social media

Searching Twitter (Free of charge) Overview of the Twitter archive download options, search options for older tweets and Twitter search operators.

Assessing quality

Who is really behind a website? (Subscription). This looks at how and if you can identify the owner of a website. It also covers issues associated with URL shorteners and articles that have been reposted to multiple sites.

Kindle and ePUB versions

If you do not wish to commit to an annual subscription, the following are available for purchase as individual documents on the Kindle and in other ePUB formats:

Free search tools for finding research information £5.99 via Roman Cart. 42 page PDF including table of contents, list of links and references. Covers five things you need to know about Google, advanced searching in Google, alternative web search tools, institutional repositories and specialist tools. Created February 2013.

Free search tools for finding research information £5.99

Also available as an ePUB and for the Kindle

Five things you need to know about Google search

This article explains how Google works to deliver your search results and why your results can change radically from one minute to the next.
8 page PDF, ePUB, Kindle


How to make Google search for what you want
Six page PDF, ePUB, Kindle

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