Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine

Live Webcast 
April 22, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Google changes its search interface and algorithms periodically, and knowing current and deprecated search functions will make your searching - and your patrons’ searching - faster and smarter. This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will compile a list of search operators that are likely to be useful in developing future searches.
  • Participants will compare search results in order to acquire a deeper understanding of how Google’s algorithms affect the results they see.
  • Participants will utilize advanced search syntax in the basic search screen.

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

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: www.learningtimes.net/techcheckell.html.

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: Registration will be available in winter 2014.

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