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Karen Blakeman on March 1st, 2014

Google has been automatically dropping terms from searches that give few or no results for some time. It now looks as though Bing may be doing the same. Unfortunately I cannot give the details of the search that brought this to light as it was confidential research. In general, though, what we were searching for […]

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Karen Blakeman on November 28th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I was in Exeter and Bristol leading workshops for NHS South West on “Google & Beyond”. We covered advanced Google commands, Google Scholar and alternatives to Google. Below are the combined top tips from the two sessions. I may have missed a couple from the list as I could not […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 25th, 2013

New Search Strategies articles are now available. “Excluding sites from your search” (subscribers only) is at http://www.rba.co.uk/search/subscribers/ExcludeSites.shtml “From tourism to research information: how to change the emphasis of results” (subscribers only) covers techniques for changing the type of information returned by the search engines, for example consumer vs. more research focused pages (http://www.rba.co.uk/search/subscribers/Emphasis.shtml). “Free Search […]

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Karen Blakeman on February 6th, 2013

I am running three workshops in April on business information and search. All three have a practical element so that you can try out resources and techniques for yourself. Introduction to Business Research This is being organised by TFPL and will be held in London on Thursday, 18th April. This course provides an introduction to […]

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Karen Blakeman on September 3rd, 2012

August is usually a quiet month for me with respect to work. Time for a holiday away and then a couple of weeks ambling along the Thames Path or pottering around the garden. This year, though, as soon as I was I back from my travels I was knuckling down and updating my notes for two […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 9th, 2012

The presentation on advanced web searching that I gave to the Information for Energy Group on April 3rd, 2012 in London is now available. It can be found on: authorSTREAM at http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/karenblakeman-1383280-ifeg-20120403/ and Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/KarenBlakeman/advanced-web-searching-ifeg-3rd-april-2012 If you have problems accessing it on either of those sites it is temporarily available as a PowerPoint file on my […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 18th, 2012

The great thing about running search workshops is that you have so many people experimenting with advanced commands that someone is bound to spot an anomaly that you haven’t. We’ve become used to seeing different results when changing the order in which we enter keywords but not when using advanced search commands. During one of […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 13th, 2010

Google has rolled out a new search option that assigns a reading level to the pages in your results list. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t spotted it yet; it is hidden on the advanced search screen. Under the “Need more tools?” section you can choose from the drop down menu to see all of […]

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Karen Blakeman on May 13th, 2010

I have now uploaded the slides for my workshop at the Information for Energy Group (IFEG). As usual, I have uploaded them to several different web sites in case one or more are blocked by corporate firewalls. If you have problems accessing any of the locations, let me know and I’ll sort out some other […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 10th, 2010

The participants at the latest advanced search workshop were all from the public sector and had very strong views on some of the new developments in search. They were definitely not impressed by Google automatically enabling web history with a view to “personalizing” search results. (See Your Google results are about to get weirder http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2009/12/17/your-google-results-are-about-to-get-weirder/). […]

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