I love the simplicity and comfort of Google, but have to always remind myself that no one search engine covers all the web.  There are many other search engines out there, and thanks to LibrarianInBlack for pointing out to the latest Top 100 Alternative Search Engines from AltSearchEngines.  Yes, there are some conflicting opinions about whether there really are even 100 good search engines, and you can read the comments on the post for that discussion. 

Meanwhile, there are dozens of places to explore the many facets of search, but here are a couple you may want to check out: ResourceShelf and SearchEngineLand.

Traffic increases from search engines has led The New York Times to stop charging for online access to TimeSelect and other portions of the site, according to a NYT article published September 18, Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site.  TimesSelect includes “the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives.” Other portions to be made available September 18 at midnight include “its archives from 1987 to the present […] as well as those from 1851 to 1922.  Some materials from 1923 to 1986 will still be subject to charge.

The change, according to The Times, was that “many more readers started coming to the site from search engines and links on other sites instead of coming directly to NYTimes.com.  These indirect readers, unable to get access to articles behind the pay wall and less likely to pay subscription fees than the more loyal direct users, were seen as opportunities for more page views and increased advertising revenue.”

“What wasn’t anticipated was the explosion in how much of our traffic would be generated by Google, by Yahoo and some others,” said Vivian L. Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of the site, NYTimes.com.

So, Lexis or Westlaw may be perfect for searching across the archives of a number of newspapers at once, but if you are looking specifically for a New York Times article, check the NYTimes.com first.  You may just find it for free.

Doing more with Google!

March 7, 2007

For a review of some recent posts about things you an do with Google, check out WisBlawg’s post, Google Tips and Tricks.   Bonnie Shucha from the University of Wisconsin Law Library cites to several sources which discuss ways to use Google beyond the simple search, including:

Revealing the Invisible Web

January 10, 2007

Looking to learn more about “The Invisible Web,” those web pages not retrieved by search engines?  The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web from the Online Education Database is worth a look.  Particularly interesting is the section entitled, 15 Invisible Web Search Tools, including:

 Thanks to Librarian in Black for reporting on this one.

Check out this excellent review of web-based sources you can use for searching the news. Cindy Chick at LawLibTech’s recent post,  Old News? Google News! talks about the differences between the premium news aggregators, Lexis and Westlaw, and the free web-based aggregators such as Yahoo News and Google News.  What’s the difference? The short answer: historical archives versus up-to-the minute news coverage.  But with Google’s new Google News Archive Search, you can go further back in time, some 200 years.  Although you may be prompted to purchase many of the articles from Google News Archive Search, membership at your local public library may get you remote access through an online subscription such as Americas Newspapers

When it comes to using search engines, we should always be looking for incentives to step outside our comfort zone.  Love Google, always have; love its simplicity, gmail, GoogleEarth, and am a big fan of my personalized Google Homepage for news at a glance and all manner of useful widgets.  That said, check out LibrarianInBlack‘s post on Ten Reasons Librarians Should Use Ask.com Instead of Google.   It’s always a good idea to run your searches through a different search engine if you really care about your results. Thanks to Nicole at What I Learned Today for that!

The Observer marks the 15th anniversary of the web with a review of Websites that changed the world. The top three of the 15 sites listed, according to journalist and author John Naughton, are eBay, Wikipedia and Napster. The sites on the list “have become the virtual wallpaper of our lives,” according to Naughton. The Observer is said to be “Britain’s oldest Sunday newspaper,” and Naughton, who writes a column for The Observer, wrote the book, A brief history of the Future: Origins of the Internet. Thanks to Slashdot for mentioning that story.