Google It or Go Elsewhere!

Live Webcast 
September 4, 2014
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Google is at the tip of our tongues when it comes to searching, but alternative tools such as Bing, WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo, Blekko are often overlooked, even though they can provide more useful results. This interactive webcast will provide an introduction to a variety of alternatives to Google, cover the strengths and weaknesses of competing tools, and the search techniques each one requires. Participants will participate in real-time comparisons of the output of various tools, explore differences in search results, and practice the specific techniques required to search within different tools.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will explore and compare search results provided by Google and other search tools.
  • Participants will understand when a different tool may provide more targeted searching.
  • Participants will be able to utilize basic and advanced search strategies in alternative search engines.

Presenter(s): Amanda Izenstark, Associate Professor, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian, University of Rhode Island

Target audience: Public services librarians interested in learning more about search strategies, tools, and new search developments outside of the Google universe.

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat or a microphone.  You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

Tech Check: If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: http://www.learningtimes.com/tech-check/ .

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to register:

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the complete archived webcast recording.

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need technical assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).