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 information has aptly been described variously 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 it to drowning in the sea and still being left thirsty. If you cannot visualise this, try doing a simple 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 of relevance, establishing… Continue reading →