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Useful Google Hacks

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Sure, you use Google all the time, even for your research. This doesn’t shock your librarian—actually, she uses Google for research, too. Not as an end-all, but as one more tool in the research arsenal, along with databases, the library catalog, and organizational websites.

But are you using Google to its full potential? Probably no one is—there are many features with more continually being developed. Here are a few suggestions of how to use Google to extend your research.

Two Ways to Find Books & Fulltext Articles Faster!

1: LibX Widget

You can save yourself some time and frustration by installing the Columbia Library LibX Widget. This is a browser plug-in for either Firefox or Chrome, which automatically links to CU's library resources from ISBNs, DOIs, and more. For instance, when you’re using Amazon, LibX will tell you if Columbia owns that book. When you find an article in Google that costs money to view, right-click and select "Reload page via Columbia Libraries Off-Campus Proxy" to see if that article is accessible through Columbia. LibX also adds a button to your browser for instant library searching, so you don’t have to remember or navigate to the library website.  

2: Full-Text Articles from Google Scholar

You can configure Google Scholar so that it auto-links to full-text articles at Columbia.

  • To configure this, go to Google Scholar and click on the gear icon for "Settings."
  • In the "Library Links" section, search for Columbia University.
  • Click the checkbox for Columbia when it pops up.
  • Now hit "Save," and you're done!
  • Now when you search, any articles that Columbia has in full-text will have an icon on the right marked “e-Link @ Columbia." 

Alternately, you can simply use this link: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio5119262

Expanding Your Sources with Google Scholar

Found one good article (or book), and can’t find another on that narrow topic? Or did you find the perfect article—but it’s twenty years old and way out of date? You can solve both of these with Google Scholar.

Enter the title (and author last name, if you have it) into Google Search. When the article title comes up in your results list, look near the bottom of the entry. There will blue text that reads "cited by X." Click on “cited by” to see more recent articles/books that cite the original source. Often these will in turn be “cited by” more recent and relevant works, so you can accrue a lot of titles this way.

This can also help judge of the significance and popularity of a work. For instance, if you find a book in the Columbia catalog that seems relevant, you can get a feel for how it’s viewed in its research field by looking up its number of citations in Google Scholar (you can also do this with Scopus or Web of Science). A word of caution, though: some works may be cited often because they’re badly reviewed, or a quality work with few citations may be too new to have been widely read. So it’s best not to use this as your only judge of worth.   

Advanced Google Search Tips

To reveal every spot in a Google Maps area for which Google has information, type: *
 
Intext: words must appear in the website; quotes make the words appear in that order. Similar search strategies include inurl (text must appear in URL) or intitle (text must be in the website’s title).
  • intext:“Supreme Court” intext:“campaign finance law”
Ways to use “OR” to expand your search:
  • “Smith denied” OR “Smith claimed” OR “Smith argued” 
  • “Manuel Isquierdo” lien OR liens 
  • Jessica + Williams|Wiliams|William
Use the minus sign to exclude words.
  • government shutdown -congress
Use the tilde to find synonyms.
  • ~car  (Searches for “car” and synonyms of “car” like automobile, vehicle.)
Search for names that may also use a middle initial or additional name with “around.”
  • Hillary AROUND(2) Clinton
  • (Shows all pages that have the name “Hillary” within two words of “Clinton.”)
Wildcard search (*) plus a phrase search (“”) allows you to find quotes where you’re missing a word.
  • "a * saved is a * earned"
Search within a specific website with “site.”
  • site:http://www.nyc.gov/ city of neighborhoods
Limit your search to a date range.
  • nyc unemployment rate daterange:201309
  • (September 2013)
Limit your search to files of a specific type. Can help you find spreadsheets, reports, etc.
  • filetype:xls unemployment
  • filetype:pdf homelessness nyc

1000 Twitter Followers – Time to Celebrate!

A little birdie told us we now have 1,000 followers! 

@JournalismLib is grateful to all followers for enabling us to reach this milestone.  We will be randomly selecting 5 of our current followers for $5 Amazon gift cards as a token of our appreciation.  We wouldn't be here without all of you! 

And if you're not yet following us, join us now!  Still time to win – random drawing will happen Friday, May 24th, at 7pm. 

Library Data Viz Contest – Decorate Our Wall EXTENDED!

Hold the phone!!!  The Journalism Library is excited to EXTEND the deadline for the data visualization contest! Submit your entries by Wednesday, May 15th 5pm, for a chance to see yours in poster-size proudly displayed in the Journalism Library. The winner will also receive a libraries mug and the opportunity to submit your work to Columbia University Libraries Academic Commons.

Contest Rules:

  • submissions must use publicly available data; data is broadly defined and can include video, audio, photo
  • submissions must be received no later than 5pm on May 15th – please send to journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu
  • you may use previously submitted class work!
  • submissions must be in PDF – please do not include your name in the filename, but please share with us the following in your email!
    • your full name
    • graduation year
    • title for your creation
    • data source/s used

Try Ashley's new cool data tools page for help and ideas!

All submissions will be judged based on accurate use of data and originality in aesthetic presentation; panel of judges includes Journalism Librarian, Cristina Ergunay, Data Services Coordinator, Ashley Jester, and JSchool Professors Susan McGregor and Mark Hansen!

The winner will be announced at the JSchool Innovation Showcase on May 17th. We look forward to your submissions! 

New Service – Journalism Library Video Chat

The Journalism Library is excited to launch a new cool service to assist you with your research – video chat reference – which will enable you to connect with a librarian using Skype or Google+ Hangouts.

Enjoy virtual face time and screen-sharing demonstrations, all from the comfort of your couch.  In addition to video chat "Walk-in Wednesdays," you may make evening and weekend appointments for video chat research assistance.

Take a look at the instructions for using these video chat technologies – and book your appointment today!

Getting Tweets in a Row

The first phase of the Twitter archive project from the Library of Congress, including the acquisition and preservation of tweets from 2006-2010, has been completed.  The Library now has an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets and growing, and the technology groundwork for future archiving has been established.  Read more from the Library of Congress white paper summarizing their work here!

Columbia Libraries Via Your Mobile Device

Exciting news!  Now you can use your mobile device for fast access to many of the libraries' resources – http://m.library.columbia.edu – including:  

  • CLIO
  • News & Events
  • Library Hours
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Facebook & Twitter

Don't leave home without this bookmark!

QR code for CLIOmobile

Have you tried CLIOmobile, the mobile version of Columbia’s online catalog?

Scan the QR code here:

Bookmark it here: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?cliomobile

CLIOmobile

CLIOmobile

From CLIOmobile, you can:

  • Search CLIO
  • Save items to ‘My List’
  • Email records
  • Check your Library Account, renew books
  • Place recalls

Try it today!

CLIOmobile

cliomobile

 

CLIO, the Libraries’ online catalog, now has a mobile interface –  CLIOmobile – for use with your smart phone or mobile device!

From CLIOmobile, you can:

  • Search CLIO
  • Save items to ‘My List’
  • Email records
  • Check your Library Account and renew books
  • Place recalls
For more information, click on the following link:
 
 
Please send ideas and suggestions for CLIOmobile to:

mobilefeedback@libraries.cul.columbia.edu