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Searching for Data: Powered by Google

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Peter Bern
Syracuse University

Even for the experienced person, finding data and statistics can be a daunting, if not very frustrating task.  For the novice, finding the right data can be virtually impossible.  The typical approach of googling it has about as much chance of finding the right information as winning the lottery.  As powerful as the Google search engine is, it will only bring up the most popular sites, not necessarily the best sites.  Not to mention that most novices cannot always differentiate between a reliable source and one that is questionable. Google Custom Search Engines (CSE) can combine the expertise of the data librarian with the power of Google searching.  By restricting or boosting the search to specific sites or pages, the results returned are fine-tuned toward data and statistics from reliable sources.  This presentation will demonstrate the difference between a standard Google search and a CSE, how to set up a CSE, and highlight some of the more useful features and some of its drawbacks.

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