Google Search Interfaces

The exponential growth of digital information has aptly been described as ‘information overload’, ‘floods of information’ and my favourite, ‘information explosion’. Commenting on the experience of searching for research information in Google, one of our library users captured it perfectly when she likened her search experience to drowning in the sea and still being left thirsty. If you cannot visualise this, try doing a simple google search and see how many hits you get. And yet you may spend an hour going through them and still not get much. And eventually when you get something… Continue reading →

GOOGLE SEARCH INTERFACES

The exponential growth of digital information has aptly been described as ‘information overload’, ‘floods of information’ and my favourite, ‘information explosion’. Commenting on the experience of searching for research information in Google, one of our library users captured it perfectly when she likened her search experience to drowning in the sea and still being left thirsty. If you cannot visualise this, try doing a simple google search and see how many hits you get. And yet you may spend an hour going through them and still not get much. And eventually when you get something… Continue reading →

ACCESS TO GOOGLE BOOKS

Google books is an interface that helps search and identify books that Google has scanned and made available in digital form. Some of the books are full text while others only give a preview. Once you get to the results page, you can filter the results to show only full text books by clicking on tools. This will give you search options. Click on the arrow next to Any View↓ to list the view options then click on full view. This reorganises the result page to display only titles that have full text access. If… Continue reading →