Presentations and additional materials for advanced search and Google workshops

Standard workshops

Workshop and events home page

New Google, new challenges
How to get the best out of Google and improve search results

Essential non-Google search tools for researchers
General search and specialist alternatives to Google

Free search tools for scientific information
Options for searching and viewing scientific papers and information free of charge

Social Search
When and how to use social media and professional networks as part of your search strategy

Business information resources
Key internet resources for business information concentrating on free and PAYG

Market research and statistics
Resources and search techniques for tracking down quality market research and statistics

Free government, official and legal resources
How to track down current and past papers, policy documents, legislation and official research

Finding and using open data
Tools and techniques for finding and using open data sets

Assessing the quality of information
How to separate the good from the bad and exceedingly ugly

Recent workshops and presentations

These are some of the presentations and workshop materials from recent events. You are free to download them and use them for your own personal use or for sharing within your organisation. Please note, though, that given the rate at which search tools and sources change some of the information will become out of date very quickly.

Advanced Searching: free search tools for research information

Half-day workshop held at the Bodleian Libraries, 31st May 2018

Presentation (PowerPoint)

Advanced Searching: Google and Beyond

Workshop held for Bodleian Libraries, 8th May 2018

Presentation (PowerPoint)

Search strategies fit for purpose: human not artificial intelligence

Workshop/presentation at ERA Conference 2018, Sadler's Wells London. 25th April 2018

Presentation (PowerPoint)

Image Searching

Workshop held for Bodleian Libraries, 14th March 2018


Exercises (Google Docs)

The future of search: technology, politics and humans

Presentation given at Interlending 2017, 26th June 2017, Oxford


The changing landscape of search for business information

Workshop held at VOGIN-IP-lezing, 9 March 2017, Amsterdam


Searching for reliable business information: free versus fee

Presentation given at VOGIN-IP-lezing, 9th March 2017, Amsterdam


Older presentations

If you are interested in what was available in the past and the history of search, many of my older presentations are archived on authorSTREAM and Slideshare.

Additional materials

Google makes it harder to change location for country specific research - PDF of my blog posting on the topic.

Selected Google Comands HTML PDF

Google Search Tips HTML PDF

Top Search Tips HTML PDF (some overlap with Google Search Tips)

Search Tools Summary and Comparison Table. Summarises and compares a selection of the advanced search commands that are available in Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo. HTML PDF

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