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Google Update

:: Many of us use Google in library and research skills instruction. A number of good reviews and writeups have appeared on the web recently.

    Greg Notess' 18 August 2003 review of Google includes mention of databases covered, strengths and weaknesses, default operation, Boolean searching, proximity searching, truncation, case sensitivity, field searching, limits, stop words, sorting, display, and documentation. I was surprised to learn that no truncation function exists within Google, nor does Google offer automatic plural searching or stemming.

    Greg also reviews Google's inconsistencies (17 Aug 2003.)

    Tara Calishain lists a number of Google Hacks, tips, tricks and resources which will help you become a better Google searcher.