The function of the online library is
the same as library function has always been:
Connecting people with their culture.
What replaces the old library card catalog? A search engine of course. It is a much more powerful tool, but only for those who know how to use it.
Not about books?
- Books used to be the main distributable part of culture
- Then came records, movies, CDs, and DVDs.
- They began appearing in libraries as soon as they became distributable.
- Now the internet has emerged as a new distribution method.
- It distributes the contents of books.
- Most people just wanted the contents, so they don't mind leaving the paper behind.
- No book stacks, no building to maintain. What is a library to do?
- You are only connected to what you can find.
- Digital curation
- In the digital world finding is based on keywords and categories.
- Items are only found if they use common keywords.
The skill set for Google search
- Google search help
- Refine web searches
- Narrow your search results with filters
- Advanced Search
- Welcome to the Google Search Help Community
- Search on page: Ctrl+F puts search bar near top of page.
- Search for relate sites:
- The most important skill: Keep trying.
- Goal: develop an effective set of search terms for your project.
- Use a thesaurus to seek alternative terms.
- Collect search phrases for your project.
- Search tips (search)
- Beginners best start with Google search: Instructions for using it are abundant.
- You focus the search with keywords so these become your main tool set.
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