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It’s hard to find something, if it’s not there anymore.

It’s also hard to find or recognize something if you don’t know what search terms to use, what it’s called or anything about it. Searching requires curiosity and interest. It’s about an intelligent and planned, strategic and enthusiastic way of … Continue reading

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Missing you already…or not?

Happy new year! Here’s an interesting bit of news to start off 2017. An article in Science magazine 6 Jan 2017 describes how hundreds of universities, technical schools and research institutes and public libraries in Germany will be starting the … Continue reading

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Saving libraries and searching skills

Caitlin Moran eloquently expresses in Caitlin’s Moranifesto: Save our Libraries why Libraries still have their place in the age of the internet, and why we shouldn’t be content with just “Googling it”. “Do we all want to be Googlesheep, herded … Continue reading

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I finally made it to one of Karen Blakeman’s searching courses and it was excellent

For quite a long time I’ve been meaning to attend one of RBA Information Services‘s business information searching courses which cover the nuances of Google and so much more beyond that. Last Thursday I finally did. For a start, it … Continue reading

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Informing people mindfully

Mindful living seems to be a bit of trend these days, even to the extent that 2014 has been branded the year of living mindfully in some quarters. Neatly defined in the Huffington Post article as “the cultivation of a … Continue reading

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It seems to be a free service, but then, you don’t get owt fer nowt

It’s one of the basic life lessons, expressed through various catchy phrases; “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and so on and it seems very apt for the age of “big data”. By their nature, many medically-related searches … Continue reading

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Taking search a step further: web intelligence

I commented on Recorded Future a few years ago when it first came out (From retro-search to future-search). The site has flourished over the years and has recently carried out a series of interviews which look at “web intelligence“. This is … Continue reading

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Finding the “zebra” in the room via the specialist search engine

Big, generalist search engines such as Google are all very well, but there’s also a valid place for seeking out specialist search engines which can out-perform the generalist due to their narrower, more dedicated focus. Such search engines can provide … Continue reading

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Picking up speed on the slippery slope of social media

It’s fun to slide down a slippery slope if you have a sledge or toboggan to sit on (or  a tea-tray perhaps). I’ve sledging further down into the world of social media by creating a Twitter account. I hear cries … Continue reading

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Everyone likes a mystery at Christmas time and here’s a rare one

Someone unknown, but extremely talented, has been leaving paper sculptures around Edinburgh libraries since March this year.  The depositing of these exquisite works of art has now come to an end, as the creator said that she was only producing … Continue reading

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