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”
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”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Continue reading “Free tool: Quora (something more than a search engine)”
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
Continue reading “TechBytes Feb. 11: Yolink Search”
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:
Bing 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.
Continue reading “Beyond Google: Other options for searching the Web”
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:
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.
K-State’s new search debuts this Thursday, Aug. 21, and racks up improvements three ways — by using Google, providing quicker visual access to search results, and updating the format of the People Directory results.
The webpage-search results are powered by a Google Search Appliance (GSA) purchased in cooperation with K-State Libraries and K-State Research and Extension. The GSA produces more relevant search results and enables the popular “Did you mean” feature that catches and offers to automatically correct potential spelling errors.
“Three tabs” format
The most obvious change is that results will be presented on a page with three tabs, just like many other popular search sites. The new tabs mean less scrolling and quicker access to specific search results.
The new search still searches three information sources:
* K-State webpages
* K-State people
* K-State departments, units, and organizations
Search results for People Directory
The format of People Directory search results has been improved by observing how people use that data. First, people scan the list of possible matches by name, and second, they scan for identifying information — such as class/major for students, and title/department for faculty and staff.
In the new format, names are larger and more prominent, and identifying information stands out and is more clearly associated with the name.
Searching for a newer way to find information on the Web? Check out Cuil (pronounced “cool”), an Irish word for knowledge. Cuil is a new search engine that indexes the entire Internet in the search process and bases findings on content and relevance. The process is a more analytical way to search the Web rather than basing results on popularity visits. Cuil claims to search “more pages on the Web than anyone else — three times as many as Google and 10 times as many as Microsoft”.
Take some time to explore the site, check out the features, and note it is very much a work-in-progress.
Try it out at www.cuil.com. Read more about Cuil on its Welcome to Cuil page.