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ExtremeSearchers35rdJust in time for the upcoming new year, online searcher and consultant Randolph Hock from Online Strategies has updated his Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook.

If you are a beginning Web searcher or need to update your online research skills, look no further and  take advantage of the search techniques and Web resources in the revised edition of this handy book.

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Getting Started on Noodletools

noodletoolsSometimes when it comes to embarking on a research topic, you might not know where to start especially when you’re on the Web.  Most students would dive right into Google.  However, why not give NoodleTools a try?

Rather than groping aimlessly around the Web, you can focus on what exactly you’re trying to find first, and then from there, locate an appropriate search tool to launch your query.  Sometimes part of the research process entails defining your question clearly and then locating those “haystacks” that contain the needles.

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Twitter seems to be quite the rage in the blogosphere nowadays.  This past summer, Time magazine featured an article highlighting the benefits of this social software.  The advantages of Twitter lie in its social networking, live searching, and link sharing capabilities–elements that can certainly rival a popular search engine whose name begins with the letter G.

Check out Commoncraft’s latest tutorial on using Twitter search.  With more Web 2.0 tools populating the Internet, it will be interesting to see how to harness the power of these resources to find information a lot faster in ways that general Web search engines cannot.

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Some sad news to share regarding former UC Berkeley Librarian Joe Barker.  He was a great inspiration to many librarians and information professionals, constantly keeping them updated on the latest Web research search strategies and technologies through his Infopeople workshops, not to mention his highly detailed, information-packed handouts.

His Web site “Finding Information on the Internet” continues to serve as an online tutorial for basic and advanced Web searchers alike.  Cheers to the memory of one of the foremost pioneers in online searching and teaching!

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Phelps Research

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Hey all —

I’ve been mighty busy lately, so I may have to take a hiatus from blogging for a bit, but in the meantime, I did want to highlight another blog worth bookmarking for monthly Web tips:  Phelps Research.

Marcy Phelps shares “tips for finding, organizing, and sharing information, as well as book reviews and industry updates” in her blog. Also, be sure to check out and/or subscribe to her monthly ResearchNOTES.

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Have you ever visited a brand new Web site or just visited your favorite one on a regular basis , and the next week, could not access it any more?   And yet you notice that others can still access it while your computer brings up a blank screen that seems to be going nowhere?

To check the status of a Web link, plug its URL into “Down for Everyone or Just Me?” and you’ll discover whether it’s just your computer or if the Web site’s server is actually down.  A handy tool if you ever sit in front of a computer screen waiting endlessly for a Web site to load up!

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All good things must come to an end. One of my favorite current awareness sites packed with pithy articles (some contributed by Web searching gurus) about researching companies and people, fine-tuning search strategies, and legal research strategies–will alas, be coming to an end.

Genie Tyburski of The Virtual Chase reports that her Web site will be coming down starting in May 2009. So check this site out before its doors close in a few months. Cheers to Genie for keeping this site intact over the years for legal researchers and Web searchers alike!

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