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Google Librarian Newsletter revisited, Google U.S. Government Search June 24, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Digitization Projects, Google, In your library, Library Related, reference.

I have finally had a chance to review the 4th edition of Google Librarian Newsletter. This edition is MUCH improved. More pertinent info and in this issue, some great focus on my favorite thing one of my favorite things: searching.

One nice service outlined is Google U.S. Government Search. Seems to be an attractive alternative to the ole “advanced search limit to .govs” we all know and love. Still, anything to cut typing and keystrokes is welcome. A quick search for one of my favorite wildlife refuges looks like this in Google U.S. Gov Search, this in regular ole Google, and this in advanced Google searching limiting to .govs. Basic Google gets me a map and directions, as well as lots of consumer (reviews, birding and backpacking fora) stuff while the Gov Search gets me more formal reports and government documents. As with all search engines, the best path depends greatly on the needs of the user. But if you find yourself using the Google advanced search page for gov docs, you might bookmark this new service.

I also liked these free downloadable posters (pdfs) to help patrons learn to search better and explain online searching.

If you’re interested, you can sign up for Google Librarian Newsletter here.

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