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Get real specific with Google’s Verbatim

Google’s Verbatim search tool was introduced last November, but somehow, I missed it. The best explanation I have found is on The Huffington Post.

Simply put, it allows you to search the EXACT word you want to search, by-passing Google’s algorithmic guesses about what you really might have meant to search (“did you mean…?”). If you’ve ever been looking for an “oddly” spelled word, you know how frustrating it can be to get past Google’s substitutions.

After conducting a search, look for the tool on the left of the screen, under “show search tools.”  Keep scrolling on the left and you will see verbatim.

No Internet Access July 20-22

All College of Charleston systems will experience an interruption in service during the weekend of July 20 – 22 for system upgrades! 

This affects access to OAKS, email, and the Internet while you are on campus.

Art + Science

Read about the necessary pairing of Art + Science in a collaborative effort called Stem to Steam.


Crafting a Perfect Cover Letter

from Wired Magazine…

A cover letter gives you, the applicant, an opportunity to write as you would speak professionally, and take slight creative license in expressing your validity as the newest employee of the company of your dreams.



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Apps for iPads & iPhones

Keeping up with information is always a challenge. There are three newsreader apps for your mobile device  that I am curious about –Google Currents, Flipboard and Zite.

Do you use one? Which do you prefer? Please vote!

Follow this link for a comparison of all three.




Project from your iPhone

Want to project images on a wall from your iPhone? Absolutely, YES!

iPhone projector

This small device allows you to do it. Right now, it’s a separate device, but it would be great if it becomes an iPhone feature in the near near future. Does anyone know if there’a an app for that?

(Thanks Clayton Nagy for finding this article).

Understanding the World through Math

-taken from

Visit Social Dimension, a blog devoted to the math behind understanding society and civilization. Mathematics can be used to understand all aspects of our society: sports, movies, history, and even how ideas spread around the world.

Grad School Barbie

Hysterically funny for a stressful time of year.

Graduate School Barbie comes in two forms: Delusional Master’s Barbie (TM) and Ph.D. Masochist Barbie (TM).

Visit for the full description (and an excuse to procrastinate on that final paper…!)


Comparing Google and Bing Search Engines

The below is taken directly from: Bates Information Services, .  Author is Mary Ellen Bates, of Bates Information Services, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

Hitwise, a firm that studies web market share and consumer activity, reported that the “success rate” of searches was significantly higher for Bing (80%) than Google (68%).

Google has made its search results page attractive to info pros and researchers; the left margin is full of ways to filter or spin your search. Try it on blogs! Search discussion groups! Limit to the last six months! Narrow it to your local area! It’s hard to resist the impression that you are conducting a comprehensive search as you work your way through all of Google’s search options.

Bing has some search features worth considering, though. In addition to the usual specialized searches — news, images, video, map and shopping — it has an interesting Visual Search <>  feature. Right now, there are 90 “galleries”, collections of information on topics ranging from world leaders to US stocks and the top Twitterers. Within each gallery is a browsable collection of images representing each item in the collection; in the World Leaders gallery, for example, there are close to 350 photos of heads of state, each linked to a profile compiled from the CIA World Factbook. You can further filter the gallery by region, title or type of leader, or skim the images to identify a particular person. These galleries may turn into valuable tools for quick answers, particularly if info pros could create their own galleries.





text taken from Pinterest: A Social Catalog, by Erin E. Templeton. The Chronicle of Higher Education, accessed July 5, 2011.

Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board that allows users to pin images from around the web onto one communal space.  Users can manage several different categories on their boards, and you can use either the default categories (eg. “For the Home,” “Recipes,” “Quotes,” etc.) or create your own.