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Lunch and Learn: SearchIt@PUL with Nancy Pressman-Levy and Jeremy Darrington

Wednesday, February 29,
12:00 noon

Frist Multipurpose Room B
SearchIt@PUL:  New Research Discovery Tool from the Library
Nancy Pressman-Levy, Jeremy Darrington
Would you like to learn how to expand your research beyond Google?   SearchIt@PUL, the Library’s new discovery system introduced in the fall of 2011, is just the tool you need to help you discover the impressive resources the Princeton University Library makes available.  SearchIt@PUL consists of two research options:
Catalog+ is a new interface to the Library’s Main Catalog, which allows you to limit a search by “post-search” facets, renew items online, manage saved titles, and place various requests.  
Articles+ is a large search engine that links to full-text journal and newspaper articles, as well as to other electronic content from the Library’s online subscriptions.  Other content includes dissertations, book reviews, conference proceedings, art and photo images, and audio recordings.
Join Princeton librarians Jeremy Darrington and Nancy Pressman Levy for a  demo of this exciting new system.
About the speakers:
Jeremy Darrington is Princeton’s Politics Librarian and a member of the Library’s Discovery Implementation team. Jeremy works extensively with students and faculty to help them find data and sources for their research. His interests include the use of technology in research and instruction, changes in the scholarly communication system, access to government information, preservation of research data, and digital privacy. He is ABD in political science from UC Berkeley and has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.
Nancy Pressman Levy is the Head of the Donald E. Stokes Library and a member of the Library’s Discovery Implementation team.
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Productive Scholar: Ben Johnston on New Annotation Tools for Scholars

A small pad of Post-It notes.

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This session looked at current and future methods of annotating and analyzing text and multimedia materials for scholarly work.  From the bookmarking and annotation of webpages, to commenting Word documents for review, and the marking up of XML versions of manuscripts, annotation can take many different forms and be used in many different ways.

Lunch & Learn: The Foundations and Future of Information Search with Andrea LaPaugh

Launched in 1998, Google’s stated its mission: “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” And so it is. Today, everyone Googles – in the U.S, about 12 billion times a month (including search engines that aren’t Google). We are mostly pleased with the results we get. How can it be that we give an automated system a couple of words and it finds reasonably relevant documents among one hundred billion or so possibilities? Will our satisfaction with these tools increase or decrease as the Web and our expectations grow?
At the March 4 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Computer Science Professor Andrea LaPaugh gave a peek “under the hood” of major search engines. Core techniques range from word occurrence analysis for text documents, which originating in the 1960s, to Web linking analysis, pioneered by Google’s 1998 PageRank document ranking method.

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Lunch & Learn: Google Search Strategies with Nancy Pressman Levy

You may be a typical Google searcher who simply pops in a word or two in the Google search box and hopes for the best? As it turns out, Google has placed impressive functionality within that seemingly simple search box.
At OIT’s January 9 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar Nancy Pressman Levy, the Head of Princeton University’s Donald E. Stokes Library for Public and International Affairs, introduced a range of basic Google searching tips that will help users to maximize the power of Google.
Nancy showed that you can limit the results of your searches [nutrition -recipes] by using a “-” in front of terms that you want to exclude. You can use quotation marks to search for an entire phrase [“telephone switch”]. You can use “OR” to obtain results that include either word [Pakistan OR Kashmir]. The command “define:” will provide definitions or expand abbreviations [define: technology]. You can get the weather or time anywhere in the world [weather: Lima], [time: Venice]. Google will even help you look up the performance of stocks [stocks: aapl].

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Lunch & Learn: All Things Google with John Hernandez and Wayne Bivens-Tatum

At the Wednesday, January 10 Lunch ‘n Learn, John Hernandez and Wayne Bivens-Tatum presented All Things Google. Hernandez focused upon searching and new Google tools. Bivens-Tatum focused upon use of Google for managing content.
For those interested in basic information, Hernandez recommended the GoogleGuide.
For trends in web searching, he recommended the Google Zeitgeist, a sanitized summary of the most popular Google searches. For a more structured approach to searching, you can use Google’s directory. Like other search sites, the directory provides a topical orientation for those who prefer to drill down to information rather to search only through the main Google text-search box.

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