Recording Successful Search Sequences

I know we educators join the librarians in condemning our students’ assumption that Google is only search engine worth using. Of course Google can give valuable search results in many circumstances but Google does require a level of proficiency and skill for the search to be effective.

It was not surprising to hear in a Jon Udell post that some people are willing to pay skilled Google searchers $100 per hour to find key results. This sentiment was echoed in a post by Paul Pival. He, like me, was more interested in the meat of Jon Udell’s post on recording the process of successful searches to teach others.

I am sure Jon Udell’s examples are well known to librarians the world over. It would be tremendously useful if a searchable†repository of successful search sequence examples could be built for us all to share. If we could persuade the search engines to allow us to record keyword search sequences, rather than just remembering individual keyword searches, this would greatly aid the creation of the repository. Of course the searcher would need to intervene and mark the start and end of the search sequence and whether the search was successful or not. How about it Google?

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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