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Faculty Day at K-State Libraries Nov. 7

By Donna Ekart

K-State Libraries will host Faculty Library Day from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. All K-State faculty are invited to attend. Concurrent sessions are offered over the course of the afternoon, structured like a conference and led by library and research experts.

All sessions focus on faculty research and technology needs as well as highlight multidisciplinary resources. Participants are welcome to come for just one session, attend several or stay all afternoon. Registration is not required. A schedule including room locations and full session descriptions is available online.  Continue reading “Faculty Day at K-State Libraries Nov. 7”

Improved searching on university directory

By Division of Comm. and Mktg., Office of Mediated Education

Finding an email address, phone number or office location for K-Staters just got easier because of improvements to the people directory, the online searchable database of K-State faculty, staff and students. You can search the people directory by entering a person’s name or eID in the K-State search box, which is in the top right corner of all K-State webpages.

The improved people directory takes into account middle names, initials and hyphenated last names when searching for a person. Another significant improvement is searching for a person using a nickname. Continue reading “Improved searching on university directory”

Extramural Funding Awards Database available for K-State researchers

Developed by K-State Libraries and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs,  the Extramural Funding Awards Database was released this summer.  It provides information on funding awarded by federal, state, local, and private agencies to Kansas State University faculty and researchers, including the award title, dollar amount awarded, funding agency, investigators, and the college/department of the investigator(s).

The database features a keyword search and can be browsed by college, department, investigator, or sponsoring agency. Coverage includes grants, contracts, and other funding awarded within the last five years and will be updated quarterly. Current coverage is through March 2011.

Questions about information contained in the database should be directed to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 785-532-6195, research@k-state.edu.

Free tool: Quora (something more than a search engine)

Quora is NOT the next great search engine. Although at first glance you might think that is exactly what it is. No, instead, Quora is an attempt to fill in all the spaces left untouched by Wikipedia. Founded by former Facebook engineers Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever, Quora seeks to tie a question-and-answer format to the social framework of the Web.

Joining Quora is as easy as logging in to Facebook or Twitter. In fact, signing in to Quora immediately links these accounts together with your Quora account.

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TechBytes Feb. 11: Yolink Search

Brian Cheek from TigerLogic Corp. will present “Yolink Search” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in 501 Hale Library. Yolink is a web browser add-on that enhances searching capabilities. Join us to learn about some of the  features such as:

  • Scanning search-engine results
  • Searching e-books, PDFs, online manuals, and more
  • Searching embedded links
  • Saving  search results in Google Docs and Spreadsheets
  • Posting results to social bookmarking sites

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Zimbra Weekly: Saving e-mail searches and creating saved-search shortcuts

Save search results for search terms that you use often to make them easy to find. To make it even easier to retrieve saved-search results, create a saved-search shortcut.

How to save e-mail search results

  1. Sign in to K-State webmail at webmail.ksu.edu.
  2. Type a search term into the Search dialogue box. Continue reading “Zimbra Weekly: Saving e-mail searches and creating saved-search shortcuts”

Beyond Google: Other options for searching the Web

At a recent teaching and learning conference, the audience was asked to identify the first search tool they use when looking for information on the Web. Overwhelmingly, the audience listed Google…and was further challenged to consider other search options, including the following:

bingBing is the recently unveiled Microsoft search engine. Check out the map features that might show a crystal-clear picture of your home or your vacation spot. The video-search tool allows you to mouse over a video and view a short excerpt before viewing the entire video.

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Google Search tricks: Conversions, comparisons, time, and more

Google has a plethora of powerful searching techniques that often aren’t used. See lifehacker.com’s “Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks” to learn about the following search techniques:

Zimbra Weekly: Global address list

Note: This weekly post serves to answer questions submitted via InfoTech Tuesday and K-State’s Zimbra website; update the K-State community with new project information; and detail Zimbra features.

What is the global address list?
The global address list (GAL) is a searchable repository of K-Staters’ e-mail addresses, similiar to an address book.  Only those who are affiliated with K-State and have a K-State e-mail address (@k-state.edu) will have access to the GAL. The GAL is available in both the online and desktop Zimbra e-mail clients.

The GAL allows you to search for an individual by first name, last name, eID, and preferred name. From the search results, you can easily e-mail the individual or schedule an event with them. The GAL is not the same as your personal address book, which is created and accessible only by you and those you may have shared it with. Continue reading “Zimbra Weekly: Global address list”

Updated web search went live Aug. 27

The updated K-State web search went live Wednesday, Aug. 27. K-State Search can be accessed by going directly to search.k-state.edu, using the search box at the top of the K-State homepage, or webpages that have the search box in the K-State brandbar.  New aspects include:

  • K-State students can now control and selectively omit some of their personal information displayed from People Directory search results.  Many students had asked for this ability, which is controlled through their eProfile.
  • Improvement of webpage search results has been achieved by moving to the Google Search Appliance.
  • The format uses standard K-State page format and tabs for viewing search results by category (web, people, directories).  See the Aug. 19 Spotlight article for more about the new search engine’s look and feel.

For more information see Media Relations’ news release today.