Thursday, July 14, 2005 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Daylight Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m.
Pacific, and 6:00 p.m. GMT:
Full Text Searching via Amazon.com and Google
One of the drawbacks of online library catalogs is
that they lack full text searchability. You cannot
look for every occurrence in every book of any single
library collection of phrases such as "social
networking", "molybdenum" or "Paradise Lost." If you
could do this, you might locate valuable information
buried deep inside a book. Amazon.com and Google have
added new services and functionalities that will soon
make this kind of search not only possible, but
efficient and, in any case, extend the value of any
library collection when used in tandem with an online
library catalog. Learn about Amazon.com's
"statistically improbable phrases," "concordance," and
"Search-inside-the-book" features and about Google
Print and Google Scholar, which provide free (if
limited) access to books and scholarly journals. This
session requires no programming knowledge and only a
basic familiarity with Amazon.com and Google.
Presented by William Thompson and Marcy Allen from
Western Illinois University.
To participate, go to the
online auditorium at
Type your name and click login to enter the online
room. All that is needed to participate are an
Internet connection, sound card, and speakers.