The library has a new online search tool called WorldShare Management platform that is the “Google” of academic search engines, library Director Johnathan Wilson said in an interview. 

Students can get a lot of information through search engines such as Bing, Google, and Discovery. But Worldshare Management platform provides higher quality searches for research papers and writing assignments, he said Nov. 8.  

Before the platform’s implementation in June, students conducting research projects used multiple, independent databases to search for information, Wilson said.

This process took more time, and students could miss information by not searching each database. The system produced limited information because it only searched through this college’s library’s content, he said.   

Wilson said the WorldShare Management platform is fast and dynamic.

He said the system is owned by Online Computer Library Center, a company that is the biggest name in the library world and manages the Library of Congress and other giant collections, he said.

The system provides students with a diverse collection of materials by accessing shared resources from libraries managed by the online computer library center. This allows the system to integrate with inter-loan library systems to make a resource available that otherwise would not be at this college’s library.

Students can call the library staff to have the resource delivered to this library, Wilson said.   

He said students receive search results from a discovery tool that isn’t a limited catalog structure like the previous system. Students receive diverse results from printed books, e-books, journal articles, images, repository search items and other resources. He estimates the total number of resources available as in the “hundreds of thousands.”

“I encourage students doing a research project to try the new library system,” Wilson said. “This tool will allow them to find things they wouldn’t find in the normal route of doing research.”  

     He said students can access WorldShare Management platform by going to the library homepage on the college website and selecting “library discovery your all-in-one-search.”

Technology services Librarian Lee LeBlanc said the five Alamo Colleges libraries are using the same research platform and using their own budgets to pay for the new platform.

The implementation cost for the new library services platform was $131,891.00 for all five Alamo college libraries, LeBlanc said.

The five Alamo Colleges libraries will pay a total of $138,425 to maintain the system during the 2017-18 academic year, he said.

 The library staff has received positive feedback for the convenience that the all-in-one search engine provides, Wilson said.   

     Students can get assistance using the new platform by asking any member of the library staff or by calling 210-486-1084.

Source: This article was published theranger.org By Tania Flores

Categorized in Online Research

Niche search engines, also known as underground search engines, are tools designed to dig deep into the hidden, or invisible, part of the Web not easily accessed by general search queries.

The following search engines focus on a wide variety of content areas - books, medial information, images, torrents, etc. You can use these search engines to unearth hidden gems of content.

1 Mathematics and Science

Mathematics and Science

Whether you need to solve a complicated math problem or look up scholarly discussions of eclipses, the following search engines can help you find solutions to a wide variety of mathematical and science-related questions.

  • Ten Things You Can Do with Wolfram Alpha: These Wolfram Alpha shortcuts will help you frame your queries more efficiently and retrieve hyper-appropriate results.
  • Medical Search Engines: Use these medical search engines to find answers to your medical questions, get more information about various health topics, or just to learn about something new.

2 Books and Printed Materials

Books and Printed Materials

Whether you're looking for a rare book, a used book, an audio book, or a comic book, chances are you can find it on the Web using one of these excellent book search engines that focus purely on books, magazines, and other printed materials.

  • ReadPrint
  • Google Book Search
  • Book Search Engines

3 Social Networking Sites

Social Networking Sites

Search within popular social networking sites, or search across a wide span of different social sites; you can do that with the following search tools.

  • Twitter Search Engines: Here are the top five best Twitter search engines that you can use to find people, popular content, links, and much more.
  • Six Ways You Can Use the Real-Time Web: What is the real-time Web? Basically, the real-time Web is simply a catchphrase for almost instant information, from conversations to news to collaboration. These search engines help you target exactly what you're trying to find on the real-time Web.

4  Torrent Files

Torrent Files

Torrent search engines make it easy for searchers to locate files across a number of different bittorrent sites.

  • The Top Torrent File Search Engines: If you want to cut right to the chase and start using the best torrent file search engines on the Web, you're in the right spot. In this short but sweet image gallery, we're going to look at the top five torrent file search engines on the Web today.
  • The Top Torrent Sites: There are so many torrent sites on the Web! How do you know which ones are the best? Here are the top ten torrent sites where you can consistently find good quality torrents to download.
  • The Top 20 Torrent Search Engines: Here are the top 20 torrent search engines as vetted by usability, relevancy, and access.

5  Images and Multimedia

Images and Multimedia

Whether you're looking for an image, an obscure video, or simply want to see the latest and greatest movie trailers, the Web is a good place to look. Here are the top underground search engines that take multimedia content and focus on making it as searchable as possible.

  • The Top 7 Video Search Engines: If you're looking for a video, video search engines are a good place to start.
  • The Best Sites for Free Movies: Free movie downloads are more common than you think on the Web, and here are the best places to find them.
  • 30 Places for Free Images: Here are thirty sites where you can find completely free images, available for use on your blog or web site.

6  The Invisible Web

The Invisible Web

The Deep, or Invisible, Web holds much more content then what you can find with a general search engine query. The following search engines can help you access that material.

How to Mine the Invisible Web: The Ultimate Guide: The Invisible Web is a mammoth resource that is mostly untapped. Learn how to discover Invisible Web resources with this comprehensive, ultimate guide to searching the Invisible Web's goldmine of information.

7  People and Family Search

People and Family Search

Finding people, communicating with people, keeping in touch with people....these activities are the most popular on the Web, and with good reason. Connect with others you might have lost touch with with underground people search engines.

  • Invisible Web People Search: The Invisible Web is a goldmine of information, and since the Invisible Web is larger by far than the parts of the Web we can access with a simple search engine query, there's potentially much more information available.
  • Use the Web to Conduct a Background Check: Want to get information on someone you know, or see what's on the record for yourself? You can use the Web to do a free background check via a multitude of free sources.

Author:  Wendy Boswell

Source:  https://www.lifewire.com

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I am not sure where these myths come from, but someone asked Google's John Mueller in Friday's Google Hangout on Google+ at the 11:15 minute mark if it is something Google may penalize for if the site doesn't link out to other sites. The person said they heard Google issues penalties when site's don't link to other external sites.

John Muller from Google quickly said there is no such penalty.

The question asked was:

I heard that there is a penalty if I don’t link out from my domain to different domain from any of my pages. Is that truth? Is not linking out from any of my page harmful?

John responded:

No that's not correct.

So there is no penalty for not linking out, that's definitely not the case.
Obviously for users sometimes it makes sense to provide references and other websites that they can visit to to get more information on certain topics. So I think from a user experience point of view it's probably a good idea to have links on your pages.

But surely from a web spam point of view, from a Google indexing point of view you don't need to to put links on your pages.

John also told us there is no SEO benefit to link out, which was refuted by an SEO study later. There is definitely a fear of linking out which is sad.

John added his personal thoughts saying:

So I guess for me from a personal point of view, I really like to see links on other pages because it really kind of helps to keep the web a vibrant and that people go off and visit other things from time to time and they want to see different view points for the same type of information so that's something I certainly wouldn't suppress.

Which echoed what Gary Illyes said in a more "PC" way, where Gary said it's stupid not to link out and it makes him angry.

Source:  https://www.seroundtable.com/google-link-externally-penalty-22362.html

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Now, I do not know if authorship was ever a ranking signal but I assume Google tested it to see if it should be. And we now know Google said it is safe to remove authorship markup from your pages and they also said they don't know who authored something on your site.

But Google has said over the years, I remember Matt Cutts calling out certain authors as awesome and can help your site rank for stuff if you get them to write for you. But I guess that was tested and it didn't play into Google's definition of what is quality content.

John Mueller addressed the question again on Friday's Google Hangout on Google+. He said that Google doesn't know who wrote the article on your site and even if you do have a great writer, write something on your site, it might not be something great that he wrote. So each article needs to "stand on their own," John said.

He said this at the 36:41 minute mark.
Question:

Previously, you said you didn't know really who wrote an article. Does it mean it's not a ranking factor who created content? Danny Sullivan is a great author. If he guest-posted on my blog, wouldn't you think the article would be great because it's made by him?

Answer:

Probably we wouldn't know that. I mean maybe the article is great and it would rank essentially on its own or based on kind of the feedback that we see from users with regards to recommendations like links. But just because a well-known author publishes on someone else's blog doesn't automatically make that blog post really relevant. So it might be that Danny Sullivan post something on some totally random blog and we don't realize that and other users don't realize that, then that's something that might my kind of get lost like that.

So that's also something we're just because one person person wrote it doesn't necessarily mean that the quality will always be really high. So we shouldn't like assume that just because it has maybe Danny Sullivan's author markup on that page that this article is suddenly really valuable and should be raking very high. So from from that point of view at these pages these articles that are written by people they really have to be able to stand on their own.

So I guess, maybe, Google tested to see if who writes something is a good ranking signal? Or maybe, SEOs faked authorship and killed it and Google couldn't use it?

Source:  https://www.seroundtable.com/google-dropped-authorship-as-a-ranking-signal-why-22364.html

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Google's John Mueller covered lots and lots of myths this past Friday in the Google Hangout on Google+. He said at the 34:37 minute mark that having short articles won't give you a Google penalty. He also said that even some long articles can be confusing for users. He said that short articles can be great and long articles can be great - it is about your users, not search engines.

The question posed was:

My SEO agency told me that the longer the article I write, the more engaged the user should be or the Google will penalize me for this. I fear writing longer articles with lots of rich media inside because of this, is my SEO agency correct or not?

Back in 2012, Google said short articles can rank well and then again in 2014 said short articles are not low quality. John said in 2016:

So I really wouldn't focus so much on the length of your article but rather making sure that you're actually providing something useful and compelling for the user. And sometimes that means a short article is fine, sometimes that means a long article with lots of information is fine.

So that's something that you essentially need to work out between you and your users.
From our point of view we don't have an algorithm that council words on your page and says, oh everything until a hundred words is bad everything between 200 and 500 is fine and over 500 needs to have five pictures. We don't look at it like that.

We try to look at the pages overall and make sure that this is really a compelling and relevant search results to users. And if that's the case then that's perfectly fine. If that's long or short or lots of images or not, that's essentially up to you.

Sometimes I think long articles can be a bit long winding and my might lose people along the way. But sometimes it's really important to have a long article with all of the detailed information there. That's really something that maybe it's worth double checking with your user is doing some a/b testing with them. Maybe getting their feedback in other ways are like sometimes you can put like the stars on the page do you have a review that or use maybe Google consumer surveys to get a quick kind of a sample of how your users are reacting to that content. But that's really something between you and your users and not between you and and Google search engine from that point of view.

I specifically did the Google Consumer Surveys approach when I was hit by the Panda 4.1 update, which I recovered from on Panda 4.2. I even published my results for all to see over here and it showed, people, my readers, like my short content.

So it really isn't about how short, tall, long or detailed you are. As long as the content satisfies the user, Google should be satisfied too.

Sources:  https://www.seroundtable.com/google-short-articles-penalty-22363.html

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Despite the tremendous technological innovation we’ve witnessed over the past two decades (smartphones, cloud computing, social networks), search interfaces and their underlying mechanics have remained fairly stagnant. The familiar portals of the early naughts are largely what we see today: empty text boxes, user-typed queries and blue-link responses that point users to web pages or documents.

We think of search as being a “state-of-the-art” product — an index that can provide answers on anything. But think about it. Isn’t it strange that some people are “good” at Googling, as if it’s a skill? If this were a human-to-human interaction and I asked my “smart” friend a question, I wouldn’t have to be “good” at asking questions to get the information I needed. She’s smart, she can infer what I’m saying, regardless of how I phrase it. If I’m ambiguous, she’ll ask for clarification. If my question is too broad, she’ll ask for more details. If I am too precise and she doesn’t know, she’ll inform me that she doesn’t know.

Why search isn’t working

Despite years of aggressive investment, search technology still fails to solve meaningful, tangible problems in the world today. This is largely due to:

No authority. When the Internet started, the digerati were the ones writing and sharing content. There were lots of answers to lots of questions, and we trusted the answers. Now, everyone writes and games the system, and the Internet is full of spam and trolling. Authority is becoming harder to obtain, and we’re left not only trying to decipher the information we’re reading but also wondering if the source we’re retrieving it from is credible.

Ultimately, you have no idea if the answer you’re getting is right or wrong. Google has made progress fighting spam, but the cold war between spammers and search is bound to continue until a paradigm shift occurs.

Higher expectations. People are becoming more data literate and expecting data and facts to back up their queries. Now more than ever, everyone is asking an increasing number of complex questions. In the past, people searched for the best ski resorts. Now, they want to know which ski resort has the optimal balance of vertical drop, skiable acres, and total snowfall. They have more precise questions; they want more precise answers.

Interfaces are shrinking. Perhaps mobile interfaces were once little desktop interfaces, but the paradigm continues to shift away from traditional GUIs. There is no space. We’re seeing an uptick in the popularity of voice interfaces. The traditional search experience with a bunch of blue links that open pages of articles and ads does not shine in a mobile world.

With the advent of the Information Age, people are increasingly digitally literate and have higher expectations of technology’s ability to answer their most complex questions — especially when they’re on the go. They’re not going to tolerate a slow experience, an ad that interrupts their workflow, or a system that fails to answer their questions.

Tomorrow’s search: more authority, precision, adaptability
Do we know what the future of search and information retrieval looks like? Not exactly, but we know it has to include:

Authority:  An evolved level of editorial oversight and curation of content, which will provide more authority.

Precision:  A precise understanding of what the user is asking, and being able to give them exactly what they need in a digestible and consumable format.

Adaptability:  An acknowledgement that society has evolved to consume different types of media beyond text — including data, videos, and visualizations — and being able to provide the user with the right format at the right time.

We’ve created a world where information is free and readily available for anyone who has a question. Incentives like advertising and online reputation are in place, encouraging people to share their wisdom. However, information in this system is created in fragments, requiring little to no production process. Communities like Stack Overflow and Quora are full of people willing to provide their “expertise,” but that doesn’t always align with the trust factor.

Additionally, continuing to have myriads of tiny websites with tiny edits from a million sources is not sustainable and will not suffice for creating an experience that gives people answers to unique, long tail questions, nor is it scalable or fresh. In order to build the next generation of search, we need to do more than just index other people’s content.

Knowledge graphs will power the new search

Google Maps is a great example of what the future of search should look like — augmented public data, powered by a knowledge graph. Google has thousands of employees on staff constantly correcting errors, machine-learning clusters interpreting addresses, cars driving through streets to get ground-level data, satellites taking photos, and millions of phones constantly sending updates. With this infrastructure, Google is able to maintain a real-time representation of the world and answer geospatial queries that have never been asked.

As humans continue to ask more complex questions, the future of search is going to need to adopt a similar model for every single knowledge vertical. This will be impossible if there isn’t a level of complexity and infrastructure built into the process. This same level of complexity and process needs to be applied to all data domains in the future. Google has started to provide more structured results in its search product, but it’s still lacking a lot of information. Given search was built on the foundation of crawling others’ content, where will this data come from? Will Google change its approach and become a content creator?

Google is actively investing in a knowledge graph, and it is not the only one. Microsoft, IBM Watson, Apple, Yahoo, and many others (yes, including Graphiq, the company I work at) are working on developing a knowledge graph of their own. A knowledge graph allows people to ask questions in a precise manner and instantly get an answer — even if nobody has asked the question before. The future of search has to be sufficiently broad in scope, precise in information, and instantaneous in delivering results.

Google’s dilemma

Despite being the strong and obvious player to lead search into the next century, Google will have to confront one of the biggest challenges any successful technology firm has to overcome — the Innovator’s Dilemma. It evolved in a desktop world, when it made sense for search engines to show content and ads side-by-side. But today’s world is not a desktop world. And when you make 90% of your revenue from advertising, how do you pivot? How about when mobile advertising is not working as well as we had hoped? How do advertisers display an ad on your Apple Watch? What do you do when there’s no clear answer as to how a voice interface (i.e. Siri) will ever generate revenue from advertising?

With each paradigm shift, the walls protecting incumbents will weaken, creating a window of opportunity for new players. Mobile has already put a lot of evolutionary pressure on search, and the imminent transition to conversational interfaces (voice and messaging) will push even harder. In many ways, Google is the best positioned to reign in this new world. It has the data and engineering expertise to do so. But it’s this very fact that puts Google in the middle of the Innovator’s Dilemma. If it disrupt the market, it will hurt its own bottom line the most. If a less qualified actor takes action, Google will innovate less, but its cash cow will live longer.

The big contenders

So who are the contenders to take over the billionaire business of information retrieval?

As predicted, Apple’s Tim Cook announced at WWDC this week that the company will be opening Siri to developers. But he didn’t stop there. Apple is aggressively investing in conversational interfaces and creating a whole new ecosystem, which includes opening iMessage to developers. A few killer apps could carve away market share from search engines: sport scores/stats, news, restaurant reviews. Will Apple’s new APIs be powerful enough to create the right opportunities? How quickly (if ever) will iPhone users embrace this new paradigm? How long will it take to develop critical mass with conversational apps?

Facebook didn’t impress with its first release of M, its intelligent assistant. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quickly developing his AI superpowers. Messenger and WhatsApp are the biggest chat platforms in the world. Smartphone users spend a LOT of time on Facebook-owned apps, likely more than on native iOS apps, such as iMessenger. With the shift from stand-alone apps to conversational apps, Facebook might have an upper hand over Apple.

Amazon is an interesting player right now. The company gets its revenue from retail, so it theoretically could provide free answers 24 hours a day, as long as there is an occasional purchase. Whereas, 90% of Google’s revenue stream is ads. With Amazon’s release of Alexa, you could argue the company might be the future of search. It’s not disrupting its own business model, it’s enhancing it. By getting people conditioned to talking to Alexa, they’re getting people used to talking to Amazon. What will this lead to? More purchases. They’re in a position to care less about ads; it’s all about the purchase.

Who will make this future a reality? Google has done a great job with maps but is struggling in disrupting itself with general search. Bing has done some interesting work in structured search, but nothing revolutionary over Google. Siri had an early shot, but Apple delayed further investments for years. Facebook had some good initiative, but we have yet to see something concrete. IBM Watson on the enterprise side, or the academic Wolfram Alpha could have a good hand, but we have yet to see traction. And then there are the smaller newcomers such as Graphiq, ViV, and Hound. The race to own the future of search has started, and one of the biggest businesses in history is up for grabs.

One thing is certain: Whoever wins will have to build the largest data library in the universe.

Source:  http://venturebeat.com/2016/06/18/the-big-search-upgrade-and-how-amazon-could-beat-google-at-its-own-game/

Categorized in Search Engine

Since 2011, Google and Apple have been competing to be the most valuable, according to Millward Brown Digital’s annual report. This year, Google is back on top.

For the last 11 years, Millward Brown Digital, the market research division of London agency WPP, has been analyzing financial and market data, in addition to interviews with customers, to determine the world’s most valuable brand.

In 2006, the first-ever BrandZ Top 100 ranking, that brand was Microsoft. Google was ranked seventh, skyrocketing to first place the following year and staying there until 2011. Since then, it’s been back and forth between Apple and Google, which just reclaimed the top spot.

Last year, Apple was valued at nearly $247 billion, up 67% from the previous year, while Google only jumped 9% to $173 billion. Apple’s value has since decreased 8% to $228 billion. Meanwhile, Google has had a resurgence in value, propelling 32% to $229 billion.

Microsoft remained in third place, though the next spot has seen a significant shakeup. Like Apple, IBM’s value decreased 8% year-over-year, dropping from fourth place to tenth. It’s not a significant decline; it’s just that other brands have experienced particularly explosive growth since 2015.

most-valuable-brands-2016

“The brands that thrive, regardless of sector, are those that behave like challengers and and adopt disruptor models and mindsets,” says David Roth, chief executive (CEO), EMEA and Asia, of The Store WPP. “They’re shaking up other categories with innovation that goes beyond new products or technologies, transforming the way a service is delivered, enhancing the consumer experience or changing a format.”

For example, Amazon upped its delivery offerings and started creating its own content, while Facebook began hosting publishers’ original content. Facebook and Amazon – the value of which grew by a respective 44% and 59% – both made the top 10 for the first time. Facebook placed fifth; Amazon, seventh.

“By stretching their brands in innovative ways and expanding into new categories, the strongest brands in the Top 100 are increasing their penetration and their relevance in people’s day-to-day lives,” says Doreen Wang, Millward Brown’s Global Head of BrandZ.

Like Amazon and Facebook, Starbucks saw a big spike. Its value is up 49%, jumping from 28th on the list to 21st, in part because of its recent focus on ecommerce. Rounding out the top 10 were AT&T, Visa, Verizon and McDonald’s, all four of which maintained their spots from last year.

starbucks-app

Since then, Google has invested heavily in video and mobile, making Android increasingly more competitive with the iPhone. At its recent I/O conference, the search giant also announced a greater focus on artificial intelligence, an area Apple hasn’t improved much upon since the initial launch of Siri. (Though that may change soon.)

Once again, tech and telecommunications dominated the top of Millward Brown’s list. However, apparel is the fastest-growing industry. Since last year, the sector has grown 14% to $114 billion. Nike was the highest-valued apparel brand, ranking 24th; last year, the sportswear giant placed 28th.

Another bit of history repeating itself was the increasing value of Chinese brands. There was only one Chinese brand listed during the initial study, a number that has gone up significantly over the past few years.

While no Chinese brands made the top 10, there were three in this year’s top 20: Tencent, China Mobile and Alibaba. Three of the list’s seven newcomers – alcohol brand Moutai, insurance company AIA and electronics retailer JD.com – also hail from China.

Source:  https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/06/09/google-beats-apple-to-become-worlds-most-valuable-brand/

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Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web.

Every click of the mouse, every search box, needs to work hard to make the best use of a researcher’s time.

For each gem of a resource that a researcher discovers, there may be a dozen abandoned web pages, armies of half-read abstracts and false leads. Knowing how, and where, to search for resources is vital for saving time and getting quickly to the results that matter. 

One of the best ways to increase your hit-rate is by going beyond Google to a specific academic search engine or database.

Here, we outline the top search engines and resources that work hard for researchers to help them get the figures, answers and arguments they need.

Scientific queries

WolframAlpha

What is it? A so-called ‘answer engine’, the service answers queries directly based on the search terms rather than providing a list of results.

Key features: Search for information about domain names and compare websites. It also has various maths and statistics functions.

Neil says:

“WolframAlpha is probably the most innovative of the answer engines. It attempts to answer free-text questions or provide information about things rather than supply a list of web sites tagged as connected with a subject.”

Open access search engines

CORE

What is it? An experimental service, allowing keyword and semantic search of over 10 million open access articles.

Key feature: If you find an article you like, CORE will find similar ones by analysing the text of that article.

BASE

What is it? BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources from over 2,000 sources.

Key features: Allows you to search intellectually selected resources and their bibliographic data, including those from the so-called ‘deep web’, which are ignored by commercial search engines. There are several options for sorting the results list and you can browse by Dewey Decimal Classification and document type.

Neil explains:

“BASE is bigger than CORE, but the discovery tools are not as advanced.”

Library catalogues

Copac

What is it? A Jisc service allowing you to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries.

Key features: Good for locating books and other material held in research collections in the UK; especially useful for humanities.

Rachel explains:

“It gets over 13 million searches a year from higher and further education, so it is a very well used service.”

Web Scale Discovery services

What is it? Many university libraries have one of these services working behind the scenes, they index a vast range of academic resources and provide sophisticated search tools.

Key features: The search includes journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers, aggregators and open-access repositories.

Rachel comments:

“Many researchers might not even know their library has this tool – it just looks like the library catalogue to them – but is much more than that.”

Zetoc

What is it? One of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, this Jisc service gives you access to over 28,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.

Key features: Researchers can get email alerts of the table of contents in journals, keeping them up to date with the latest literature in their field.

Neil says:

“This is a very popular feature and is an easy way to search back to previous articles to support your research.”

Europeana

What is it? This is a meta-catalogue of cultural heritage collections from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. The catalogue includes books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings.

Features: You can download your resource, print it, use it, save it, share it and play with it.

Neil tells us:

“This is hugely important for the humanities and some social sciences.”

Social web

Twitter

What is it? Harness the power of social discovery and particularly the #icanhazpdf hashtag for locating PDFs that you do not have access to through your institution.

Features: Tweet an article you need using this hashtag and someone will point you to a copy that you can access.

Reference management and discovery services

Mendeley and Zotero

What are they? They are both ways to share reference lists, citations, and even full papers in the case of Mendeley.

Key feature: Save, organise and store your references so that you can remain organised ready for the final write-up.

Source : https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/ten-search-engines-for-researchers-that-go-beyond-google-11-jul-2013

 

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