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Red River College Library’s Sustainability Initiatives

April 16, 2014

we recycleRed River College (RRC) has a growing reputation as one of Canada’s greenest employers, thanks especially to its Sustainability Initiatives: http://blogs.rrc.ca/redgreen/

As an integral part of the College, the Library is no exception and practices sustainability in its everyday operations, such as purchasing environmentally friendly products whenever possible for its own supplies. These include paper products with recycled content, refillable pens, Enviro-Stik pencils, and recycled paper clips.

And, the Library also goes beyond what is required.  How does RRC Library uniquely practice sustainability? By:

  • “Ever-greening” its collection; i.e. weeding to make room for new materials.  The old materials are not just thrown out to the landfill.  Far from it!  Once removed, they are made freely available for anyone to pick up from our freebie display.  Leftover items are picked up by the College’s Recycling team. 
  • Practicing responsible printing – by staff and students with a bias to “keep it green and leave it on the screen”.
  • Saving non-confidential photocopier/printer waste sheets that are blank on at least one side, for use as scrap paper by students and staff.
  • Responsible recycling or disposal of video tapes, batteries, electronic equipment, etc.
  • Inviting users to bring their own (ear)buds.   
  • Launching its recreational reading book exchange program.
  • Scrolling information on strategically placed screens for all to see instead of printing handouts.
  • Featuring green themes in its window display, such as the recent “Prepare for Spring!”
  • Creating curriculum-based, sustainability-related research guides, such as
  • Refreshing the air and milieu with plants – all provided by Library staff.
  • Undertaking a composting pilot project at its Exchange District Campus location that collected 157.5 lbs. by weight and 205 liters by volume, over one calendar year, Jan. 26/12 to Jan. 25/13.

For further information about greening libraries:

Red River College Authors

March 5, 2014

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Several Red River College Instructors, Staff, Students and Alumni have written and published books in the past.  In our current Notre Dame Campus Library window display, we proudly present some of these works.  Check it out!

Click here for a complete list of all titles/authors on display:
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Here is a small sample of the items currently on display:

Gift ecology : remaining a sustainable world

Gift ecology remaining a sustainable worldAuthor: Peter Denton (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:In this thought-provoking work, Peter Denton argues that the attitudes and values associated with the economics of exchange are in part to blame for our current situation. We need to rediscover what it means to live in a universe of relations, not merely in one that can be counted and measured. The more we are able to replace an economy based on transactions with an ecology based on gifts, the more likely a sustainable future becomes for all of Earth’s children.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119024

Global citizen : river of love & other essays

GlobalCitizenCover250Author: Stan Chung (Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: Global Citizen came to fruition as a newspaper column in October of 2006. I chose the title because global citizenship is a seductive yet contradictory term. Some prefer the concept because it recognizes the transnational character of our problems. If our problems cross national boundaries, then surely solutions require a mobilization beyond national scope. However this transnational view of the world is problematic for the average citizen. While we know that many economic, social, and environmental issues require collaborative solutions, it remains difficult for thoughtful people to know what to do. Should we look to keep our own doorways swept clean as Goethe suggests, or go across the ocean and get busy on someone else’s doorway? To be a global citizen may sound like good thing but how exactly does one choose to behave? How do you make a difference to people who are uneducated, malnourished, victimized by patriarchy and colonialization, make destitute by desertifcation, without becoming seduced by our own colonizing tendancies? Will our actions make a difference? Or is the concept of individual action just another way in which true power and authority divert us from the truth? (From the author)

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=121153

In search of the blue lotus : a feminist counter-narrative to the dominant hegemonic disourse

blue lotusAuthor: Sandra Sukhan (Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: Many of us move from childhood to adulthood without much thought of how the events of our childhood impact our lives today. Some memories are happy; others sad or traumatic. Some we remember – childhood play days, the earthy smell of rain after a dry spell, and the feeling a new mother gets when she holds her baby; others we wish to or choose to forget – thick black smoke from riots, feelings of fear because of death threats, and the uncertainty of life in another country. In this very personal diary, Sandra, through a first-person reflexive narrative, shares some of her memories of growing up in a politically charged time of Guyana’s fight for independence in the 1960s, her immigration to Canada for an arranged marriage at the age of 16, her life as a journeyperson hairstylist, and her scholarly trajectory toward a doctoral degree. She shares her growing awareness of some of the issues that affected and impacted her life – issues such as racism, gender, democracy, freedom, class struggles, privileges, unequal power relations, resistance to colonial politics, and ultimately her own complicity in, and efforts to challenge the normative discourse of the dominant ideology.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=122601

Saults & Pollard to Pollard Banknote: a century in print

Author: Dave Williamson (Former Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: The year 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Pollard Banknote Limited. It’s unusual for a family-owned company to last that long; it’s even more remarkable that it has grown so dramatically in the last twenty years. Beginning as a general printer called Saults & Pollard, the company has become one of the world’s largest printers of lottery tickets, supplying customers all over the globe. From its humble start in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pollard has earned an enviable international reputation for security and integrity. Four generations of Pollards have presided over astounding growth, but, as this history shows, the company’s success was made possible by the dedication of the people who work there.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=101508

Construction estimating : professional reference

Construction estimatingAuthor: Adam Ding (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:The DEWALT Construction Estimating Professional Reference guide is essential in helping the professional successfully bid on construction projects. Based on real-life experience in bidding hundreds of different types of jobs, this guide walks through every step of the bidding process — from receiving a set of drawings to the post-bid review.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=108920

Finding Gloria

finding gloriaAuthor: Marianne Curtis (Red River College Graduate)
Synopsis: It tells the story of a woman given up at birth and adopted by a family who eventually settles in Southern Manitoba. Finding Gloria exposes the author’s upbringing in an abusive home where she was beaten and starved, until she runs away. As a ward of Child and Family Services, the author struggles to find herself after years of emotional and physical abuse. … Finding Gloria chronicles the authors rise out of the ashes of abject misery to the point of discovering that everything she grew up believing about herself was lies. Only she could change her future into a glori-ous life of her own choosing, whatever that may be.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119102

From fire to flood : a history of theatre in Manitoba

Kevin LongfieldAuthor: Kevin Longfield (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:From Fire to Flood explores how Manitoba theatre got to where it is today, and why it didn’t go somewhere else. It examines Manitoba theatre from its beginnings, placing theatre in its social and historical context. A key question is how our theatrical past can help us complete the final piece of the puzzle: a unified, indigenous theatre that explains us to ourselves and to the rest of the world.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86271

Sacred learning : establishing a model for Native education

Sacred learning  establishing a model for Native educationAuthor: Anita L. Keith (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis: At present, the future of Native North American education is in crisis. many return to the mainstream educational system where they are provided with the same curriculum content that once failed them. First Nations children, like all other children, are gifted learners, and educators are beginning to recognize that the process of learning is critically important. In Sacred Learning, Anita Keith puts forth a vision to ensure that our First Nations children have access to an education characterized by excellence of instruction and appropriate academic content. It must also be provided in a safe and culturally relevant learning environment that is grounded in the traditions, teaching and holistic approach of the Native knowledge and that respects the vision of tribal communities.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=103217

Tatsea

Tatsea4Author: Armin Wiebe (Former Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis: Winner of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards). Set in Canada’s Subarctic in the late 1700s, a time when the Dogrib people were under constant threat of attack by raiders supplied with European weapons. After Ikotsali saves Tatsea and her father following a huntingaccident, Tatsea is obliged to marry their strange-looking rescuer. One day when Ikotsali is away from camp, raiders arrive and kill everyone. The only lives spared are those of Tatsea, who is captured, and their infant daughter, whom she has hidden. When Ikotsali returns to find the carnage, the story of their struggle to survive and be reunited begins.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86164

Louis Riel Day – February 17th

February 11, 2014

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Since this Monday is Louis Riel Day, this week’s Library Blog post is all about one of the most controversial historical Manitobans.

Who was Louis Riel?

Louis Riel, a leader of his people in their resistance against the Canadian government in the Canadian Northwest, is perhaps the most controversial figure in Canadian historiography. His life and deeds have spawned a massive and diverse literature.

He was born in the Red River Settlement (in what is now Manitoba) in 1844. A promising student, he was sent to Montreal to train for the priesthood, but he never graduated. An attempt at training as a lawyer ended similarly, and by 1868 Riel was back in the Red River area. Ambitious, well educated and bilingual, Riel quickly emerged as a leader among the Métis of the Red River.

Read More: http://library.usask.ca/northwest/background/riel.htm

Why Commemorate Louis Riel?

Louis Riel is recognized as an advocate of justice for the Métis people, but he represents much more. He helped lay the framework for minority rights and cultural co-operation, and is regarded as a founder of Manitoba. It is very important to remember Louis Riel’s contribution to Canada and specifically to recall that he was executed for being a persistent advocate for the rights of his people. (Reference: http://louisrielday.com/)

In 2008, Manitoba schools were invited to name our province’s newest holiday and 114 responded with suggestions that reflected Manitoba’s citizenship, history, culture, arts, sports and significant individuals from our past. Eleven schools submitted the winning entry and received $1,000 grants to purchase materials for their school library. (Reference: http://louisrielday.com/louis-riel-day-origins/)

Louis Riel Books and Videos

The Red River College Library has dozens of “Louis Riel” related items in our collection.  Here is a sample:

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Louis Riel, a controversial Metis mystic and visionary, fought for his people’s rights against an encroaching tide of white settlers. Hunter and Metis leader Gabriel Dumont, a man tested by warfare, was, in contrast, a pragmatic realist of the land. Celebrated novelist Joseph Boyden explores the tumultuous year when Riel and Dumont united the Me´tis while dividing a nation. Could Dumont have forseen the impact on the Me´tis cause when he brought Riel home? While making rational demands of Sir John A. Macdonald, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission. His controversial execution by the Canadian government in 1885 still reverberates today.
Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112056

booklouisrielfirebrandLouis Riel : firebrand
Louis Riel devoted his life to the Metis cause. A fiery activist, he struggled against injustice as he saw it. He was a pioneer in the field of Aboriginal rights and land claims but was branded an outlaw in his own time. In 1885, he was executed for treason. In 1992, the House of Commons declared Riel a founder of Manitoba. November 16 is now designated Louis Riel Day in Canada.
Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=100518

Louis Riel : a comic-strip biography
Told with dispassionate precision by the legendary cartoonist Chester Brown, this is the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth century Metis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the Canadian frontier.
Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=87977

Louis Riel
Champion of a people or traitorous rabble-rouser? Political visionary or religious lunatic? Louis Riel is one of the most ambiguous figures in Canadian history, a man who stood and fell for the Métis nation. Read about the fascinating western icon in this well-paced biography. The doomed struggle of Louis Riel and his Métis people against the new Canadian government is a story rich in drama and cultural change.
Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86278

Riel

1979 Dramatization of the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Under their leader, Louis Riel, the Metis rise up against the government of Sir John A. MacDonald. Stars Raymond Cloutier as Louis Riel.  Also includes Roger Blay, Maury Chaykin, Arthur Hill, Leslie Nielsen, Christopher Plummer and William Shatner in supporting roles.
Streaming Video, converted from VHS videocassette.
Available to current Red River College staff and students only.
Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=32674

Louis Riel Quotes

“We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on.” – Louis Riel

“I am more convinced everyday that without a single exception I did right. And I have always believed that, as I have acted honestly, the time will come when the people of Canada will see and acknowledge it.” – Louis Riel, 1885

“Yes, I have done my duty. During my life I have aimed at practical results. I hope that after my death my spirit will bring practical results. All that I have done and risked… Rested certainly on the conviction that I was called upon to do something for my country I know that through the grace of God I am the founder of Manitoba.” – Louis Riel, May 6, 1885, Batoche, N.W.T.

Reference: http://www.mmf.mb.ca/louis_riel_quotes.php

Louis Riel Tour

Are you looking for a long-weekend activity?  Here is a wonderful web page that lists the Louis Riel commemorative locations in and around Winnipeg: http://louisrielday.com/louis-riel-tour/

National Non-Smoking Week – 19-25 January 2014

January 16, 2014

RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

RRC Library has many smoking-cessation related items in its collection, including many self-help books. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display.

Mid-January is the perfect time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve already let them slip, don’t worry too much as it is never too late to begin a life altering change to any bad habit. If one of your resolutions is to quit smoking, this is a good time to start as National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is January 19 to January 25.

National Non-Smoking Week is a yearly event in Canada. Since 1977, it continues to be observed on the third full week of January. Canada is a world leader in tobacco control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada and the number of Canadians that smoke on occasion has dropped to 17%. As well, the rate of Canadians who smoke on a daily basis is even lower at 14%.

Despite this achievement, tobacco use continues to be the most important cause of premature death in Canada. It is a leading cause of preventable lung disease, including lung cancer, and is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has negative effects on nearly every organ of the body and is responsible for more than 37,000 premature deaths every year in Canada.

Not to mention… smoking is a very expensive habit. Are you a millionaire? Maybe not… then why not quit today?

“Weedless Wednesday” is on 22 Jan 2014

The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed “Weedless Wednesday”.

Quitting smoking may be easier said than done, right? A great suggestion is to take advantage of “Weedless Wednesday” to kickstart the process of quitting smoking.

Top Tips for Quitting Smoking

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According to the Canadian Centre for Tobacco Control (CCTC) some of the top tips for quitting smoking include:

  • writing a “break-up letter” to tobacco
  • keeping track of when and why you smoke each cigarette
  • making it public, by declaring your intentions to your family and friends
  • using the 4-D method when you feel a craving for a cigarette:
    1. take deep breaths,
    2. drink water,
    3. distract yourself, and
    4. delaying. (Realize that the craving will pass)
  • managing stress in ways other than with cigarettes
  • rewarding yourself
  • reminding yourself of all the good that you’re doing by quitting

Reference: http://www.alive.com/posts/view/219/let_national_non-smoking_week_help_you_quit_smoking

The Library has Smoking Cessation Resources

allen-carr's-easyway-to-stop-smoking-msuqmh8tRRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking.

Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

Online Resources

The Library is Here to Help You!

November 28, 2013

Lower Learning Commons at the Exchange District Campus – Includes movable workspaces that have LAN jacks and power outlets. Many of the tables can be moved to accommodate larger groups. There are also two breakout rooms here for quieter study. The Commons is available to students until 11:45 pm and 24/7 during exam time.

Lower Learning Commons at the Exchange District Campus – Includes movable workspaces that have LAN jacks and power outlets. Many of the tables can be moved to accommodate larger groups. There are also two breakout rooms here for quieter study. The Commons is available to students until 11:45 pm and 24/7 during exam time.

What is a library? It’s a collection of books, right? Maybe not…

At Red River College this is only partially true.  Of course we have books, we have thousands of books. However, your library is more than just books!

At Red River College we have two full-service libraries.  At the Notre Dame Campus we are located in the centre of the campus on the mall level of Building C across from the Student Association offices and the student store (The Ox).  Downtown, at the Exchange District Campus, the John and Bonnie Buhler Library is located above the Buhler Learning Commons, on the second floor, near the southeast corner of the Roblin Centre.

In case you didn’t know, here are some services that we offer at both locations:

  • Library  Resources
    • We have over 75,000
      Stacks and stacks of periodicals at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

      Stacks and stacks of periodicals at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

      titles – books, journals, reports, government publications – in print format;  over 5000 video and DVD titles (mostly videos); and over 2,000 items of equipment, including TVs, VCRs, DVD players, data video projectors, visual presenters, and digital cameras.

  • Reference services
    • Are you inexperienced in locating resources?  Are you looking for certain resources, but you have been unsuccessful? Ask our Reference Desk professionals for help!  They’re jobs is to help you find the library resources you need, whether it be a book, journal article, video or even a web resource.
  • Computer Labs
    • Each Library has open access computers and offers support in the use of computers and computing resources.
  • Printing and Photocopying
    • Would you want to use a computer or print an assignment? How about a photocopier? Come to the Library!
  • Technical Help
    • Maybe you’d like to connect to the Wireless and you’re not sure how to do it?  Maybe your RRC password doesn’t work anymore?   Come to one of our helpdesks!  We are ready to help you. 
      • NDC Campus :  Help is located in the Library Classroom, open from 8AM-4PM
      • Downtown Campus:  Located in the Roblin Centre, at the Learning Commons Helpdesk, from 8AM-4PM.
  • Study Areas
    • We have study areas in all of our locations.  Come on down to the library and study!
      • Notre Dame Campus:  Study tables, some with laptop connections, are available throughout the library. The library is divided into two types of study area, group and individual. Group study tables are on the north side and a quiet area with individual study carrels is on the south side. There is also a quiet reading area on the south side. If you are wondering which study is best for you, just ask at the front desk.
      • Exchange District Campus:  Study tables, all with laptop connections, are available throughout the Learning Commons, including the Library.  A quiet reading area is available in the Periodicals room within the Library. The Lower Learning commons contains seating for 65 at tables with laptop connections.  As well, breakout rooms (small group study rooms) are located in the Learning Commons, mostly in the Library.

Would you like to know more?   Visit our web site: http://library.rrc.ca Or, come to one of our library locations, either at the Notre Dame Campus, or at our location downtown in the Roblin Centre, and just ask.

We are here to help you!

Are we losing it? Thoughts on “Digital Records Dilemma”

June 17, 2013

In the June 15th Winnipeg Free Press, it was discussed (http://tinyurl.com/n6f3f7r) that some government emails are irreversibly deleted. Keeping digital records is important because they provide evidence of how government conducts its business.

Good recordkeeping requires a lot more effort than just ensuring crucial records are not deleted, whether intentionally or not. Essentially, digital records need to be maintained so that they can be accessible and usable over time. Physical artifacts may exist for thousands of years, and paper records could stay for decades, but digital records do not have such robustness. Digital carriers have short longevity, both media and file format obsolete in fast fashion (see Chamber of Horrors), digital data is vulnerable to damage (see Atlas of Digital Damages), can be altered with great ease, all of which could render digital files unreadable in a few years. Stated simply, digital records won’t survive benign neglect.

One might think about printing out and keeping paper records instead. This is definitely not an ideal solution—the benefit of digital format such as links, searchability, and certain functionalities will be lost. Digital records need to be refreshed and migrated on an on-going base. Till today, migration is the most commonly used digital preservation method followed by emulation. Neither of them is straightforward and can be costly. For example, when files are transferred to a different format, errors could be introduced. When it comes to proprietary software, when the vendor is out of the market, support is likely to be discontinued.

Digital preservation is at its infancy. Strategies and methodologies are yet to be developed! One thing is certain–we need to consciously and actively maintain our digital records to avoid leaving a black hole in our society’s collective memory.

It Gets Better

May 15, 2013

Check out some of these items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display

Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display

Please join the Red River College Library in a respectful observation of May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia.

May 17 is symbolic due to its significance in the improvement of the status of gays and lesbians. In removing homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on a May 17, the World Health Organisation put an end to over a century of homophobia in the medical field.

Homophobia is all the negative attitudes that can lead to rejection and to direct or indirect discrimination towards gay men, lesbians, and bisexual, transsexual or transgender people or toward anyone whose physical appearance or behaviour does not fit masculine or feminine stereotypes.

The theme of the International Day Against Homophobia 2013 campaign is “Fight the Homophobia Web Virus”.  For more information visit http://www.homophobiaday.org

Also, keep in mind that the The Pride Winnipeg Festival is coming up soon.  “Pride Week” is a multi-day celebration with many events for all segments of the LGBTT* community, all leading up to the main PRIDE DAY celebrations which will occur on Sunday June 2, 2013.

Do you want to learn more?  The RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

RRC Library Media/Circulation Clerk Receives Prestigious Award

May 13, 2013

Bruce Locken, the MALT “Library Support Worker of the Year” 2013

Bruce Locken, the MALT “Library Support Worker of the Year” 2013

The Manitoba Association of Library Technicians (MALT) has recently awarded Bruce Locken (Library Media/Circulation Clerk)  the “Library Support Worker of the Year” award for 2013.

The intent of the award is to recognize a library support staff member who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library, or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level.

Bruce, who has served RRC for 25 years at both the Exchange District Campus and the Notre Dame Campus was recognized for his excellence in custom service, efficiency, cheerfulness and  his sense of humour.  Over the years he has developed excellent working relationships with faculty and staff who have come to rely on him for their frequent media bookings and to provide assistance by troubleshooting equipment problems in classrooms .

Aside from his regular duties as Media/Circulation Clerk, you may have also have spotted Bruce in a daffodil hat and vest, and selling bunches of daffodils in support of the March “Daffodil Days” fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.    Library Staff are also more than familiar with Bruce’s efforts to coordinate one or more of the RRC Library Christmas Cheer Board hampers each year .

We all feel that it is a privilege to work with Bruce, and we’d like to congratulate him.  He is a very worthy recipient of the MALT Library Support Staff of the Year award!

Google More, Google Better!

May 1, 2013

search-icon-512Many of us use search engines.  In fact, a search engine is often the first place a user heads to when they begin their online session. However most people are not experts and they probably use a search engine in its simplest form.

I’m here to tell you that Search Engines will do much more than you think, and we have posted a handful of really cool tips below that we just know you will love!

Please note that in these instructions we are primarily referring to Google.  However these tips will work in other search engines such as Bing.

Let’s get started!

Searching an Explicit Phrase:

Lets say you are looking for content about the Winnipeg Jets.  Instead of just typing Winnipeg Jets into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase “Winnipeg Jets”.  To do this, simply enclose the search phrase inside quotation marks.

Example: "Winnipeg Jets"

Excluding Words

Lets say you want to search for info about Justin Trudeau, but you want to exclude the results that may be included that have info about Justin Bieber. Simply use the minus (-) sign in front of a keyword you want to exclude from your search results.

Example: Justin Trudeau -Bieber

A Site Specific Search

Often, you want to search a specific website for relevant content.  Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:hostname.com” modifier.

Example: Winnipeg Jets site:winnipegfreepress.com

A Synonym Search

Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but you also wish to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.  To do this, use the tilde (~) character in front of the word. For example, you could search for “Winnipeg Jobs” and then also search for “Winnipeg Employment” and get two different results.  However if you search for “Winnipeg ~employment” you should get all results for Winnipeg and all synonymns of employment included.

Example: winnipeg ~employment

Searching for a Specific Document Type

Performing a Filetype Specific Search

Performing a Filetype Specific Search

If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”.  For example, you might want to find only PDF files related to the Red River College:

Example: Red River College filetype:pdf

Searching for This OR That

By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search.  If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator.  Please note that the OR has to be capitalized.

Example: "winnipeg jets" OR "manitoba moose"

Conclusion

There are dozens of tips which can be used with Google, but this is all for now!  We will post more in a future blog entry.

The Invisible Web: Web Resources You Didn’t Know About

April 19, 2013

By Lsmpascal [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Lsmpascal [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know that search engines such as Google and Yahoo! don’t deliver all that the Web has to offer? In fact, most of the Web is hidden from plain view. You don’t see it because general search tools are unable to index it. It is called the “Invisible Web” or “Deep Web” and contains a treasure trove of info you might find useful, including:

  • the content of databases
  • websites that are deep and rich in content
  • forms to be completed (e.g. sites offering job descriptions, travel directions, etc.)
  • non-text files (e.g. multimedia, images, software, documents)
  • content requiring password access or other restrictions
  • full text articles and books
  • content with continuous updates (e.g. news and airline flights)

There are a ton of search tools to help you access these resources – below are just a few samples. You are encouraged to seek ones that cater to your interests. For example, specialized databases can be found by searching a general search engine using a subject term and the word “database” (e.g. economics database). Check out the links at the bottom of the page for more search tips and background information on the Invisible Web.

Sample Tools for Searching the Invisible Web: 

Librarians’ Internet Index
Infomine
Directory of Open Access Journals

CompletePlanet: The Deep Web Directory
Scirus for Scientific Information Only 
TechXtra 

Learn more…

What Is the ‘Invisible Web’? : The Content That Goes Beyond Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com…
(by Paul Gil, About.com Guide)

The Deep Web
(by Laura Cohen, webmaster of the Internet Tutorials: your basic guide to the Internet)

From RRC Library:

Going beyond Google : the Invisible Web in learning and teaching
(by Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider)

Internet research
(by Melissa Barker, Donald I. Barker, Katherine Pinard)