Friday, January 22, 2010

To Google or to Bing, that is the Question

Although I am a cat, not an elephant, I do have a long memory.

Back in my December 18th post discussing the difference between homonyms and heteronyms, I explained that the reason you might care has to do with choosing search engines. If I search the word "China" on Google, my results all relate to the country China. But what if I am interested in the dishes? If I use the search engine Bing, on the left side, under Related Searches, I see a link for "China dishes". Try the word "digest". On Bing, I get to choose from two of my favorite topics, food and research. On Google, I would starve.

Clusty is another search engine that provides categories for its search results.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Four Comparative Search Tools You May Not Know

It is never a bad idea to compare your search results in different search engines. This is because comparisons enable an ongoing evaluation of your preferred search engine. They also graphically demonstrate the need for a well-stocked toolbox, because search engine comparisons show how your results may differ from engine to engine.

Search Engine Land offers a look at four useful comparative search tools here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Employment Law and Social Networking sites

One of the most interesting areas of law is at the intersection between social media and employment law. How does what your Facebook or MySpace profile affect your rights as an employee? Your workers compensation benefits? Your sick leave benefits? The Nolo Employment Law blog has a nice article on recent developments in employment law and social networking sites.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King day. You may or may not have studied Martin Luther King in school. In any event, take the time to review his "I have a dream" speech and/or "letter from Birmingham jail" and think about these words today.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lexis Points for Haiti

The Boalt Hall blog, Nuts & Boalts points out that it is possible to donate Lexis points to the Red Cross. This is a way that cash-strapped students can try to help Haiti relief efforts.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat