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Africa S. Hands

Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

Africa can be reached at africa.hands@freepint.com

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The Big Free Three for News: Executive Summary
Wednesday, 26th September 2012

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Bing News, Google News and Yahoo! News are three familiar, free search tools which aggregate news content from a wide variety of web sources. They cover content from many of the same sources - yet each has its own unique strengths and drawbacks. This special review of the "big free three" looks at sources, search options, outputs, alerts and mobile access - as well as important information to know about the terms & conditions of the usage of the content. This is the information that researchers need to know.


The Big Free Three for News: Caveat Searcher
Wednesday, 26th September 2012

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Using free news search engines for business research has risk related to usage of the content provided by those search engines. Some organisations have explicit policies forbidding workers to use the likes of Google News, Yahoo! News and Bing News to conduct business research. Robin Neidorf and Africa Hands provide a close reading of the terms and conditions laid out by each service provider to better define the actual risks at stake.


The Big Free Three for News: Mobile
Wednesday, 26th September 2012

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Users are increasingly getting their news on mobile devices. How do the "big free three" stack up in this area - both in content and options for sharing news? Africa Hands looks at similarities and differences.


The Big Free Three for News: Search and Output
Wednesday, 26th September 2012

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A main difference in using the news search engines is the results are from news specific sources rather than the more general websites indexed by the larger search engine's databases. Advanced search, sharing and alert options can vary significantly - all important components for researchers. Africa Hands and Robin Neidorf share their findings.


The Big Free Three for News: User Interface
Tuesday, 25th September 2012

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Of the big three, users have a choice of interface, with Bing and Google offering the most white space and a clean simple design for easier viewing. Yahoo! News is graphics intensive. Reviewer Africa Hands discusses other interface differences, as well as related results, personalisation, and languages and regions covered.


The Big Free Three for News: Sources, Coverage and Content
Tuesday, 25th September 2012

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Business news available through Google, Yahoo! and Bing varies based on both the underlying sources and the algorithms used to search, organise and deliver results.


The Big Free Three for News: Introduction and FreePint's View
Tuesday, 25th September 2012

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The big three in news search -- Bing, Yahoo! and Google -- are likely part of the daily workflow for nearly every knowledge worker. For individuals, each provides strengths and weaknesses. For organisations, it's essential to understand what workers are turning to, in order to direct education and manage risks.


Need anytime, anywhere access to official government data? There's an app for that
Thursday, 10th May 2012

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We can all agree that there is no shortage of apps available in the marketplace. With such a wide variety of apps on the market and untold numbers of developers, it's important that information workers use quality, reputable apps especially when relying on the app for data, news and information to be reported to clients. Not all are essential to the information professional's toolbox; the following apps are a good start for on-the-go access to data and historical information reported by government agencies.


Where the jobs are: Listings and resources for LIS professionals
Thursday, 1st December 2011

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The art of job seeking transforms itself to keep pace with ever-changing technology, so what are the best techniques to use and places to go when looking for an LIS job? Africa S Hands gives us an insight into not only the resources to use but also how to plan job seeking activities to make the most of what is available.


Search Engines Revisited
Tuesday, 4th January 2011

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Does the fact that Google is now a verb make it a better search engine than Yahoo! and Bing? Africa S Hands compares the search features and other services provided by the three search engines, and concludes that, although it is a case of ‘horses for courses’, Bing and Yahoo! still lag behind in some areas.


Wolfram|Alpha: Simple and Not So Simple Computations in One Click
Monday, 5th July 2010

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Wolfram|Alpha offers a useful alternative to the more popular search engines in that it can be used in computations. It accepts free-form linguistic queries, which can take some time to get right, but when you do it returns the exact result desired without the need to click additional links.


 

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Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Review of The Big Free Three for News
Wednesday, 26th September 2012

Bing News, Google News and Yahoo! News are three familiar, free search tools which aggregate news content from a wide variety of web sources. They cover content from many of the same sources - yet each has its own unique strengths and drawbacks. This special review of the "big free three" looks...





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