Editing your Google searches

In Getting the Answer You Like, Roy Tennant notes (with some healthy skepticism) that Google now allows you to craft your own search results. SearchWiki “lets you customize your Google Web Search results by ranking, removing, and adding notes to them.”

I understand all the concerns with privacy, and certainly don’t want to share with Google or anyone else my searches for recipes, long-lost high school chums, or other personal stuff.

BUT — how cool would this be as a reference tool? I would love to be able to send a customized, marked-up, vetted Google search to a student. I haven’t played around enough to know if it is possible to do that, but I can imagine it being useful.

I can also see using a marked up Google search in an information literacy class to show examples of how to evaluate results.

Edited to add: Thanks to a colleague for suggesting that we find a way to do this with our own catalog or database searches. Why didn’t I think of that??

2 Responses to “Editing your Google searches”

  1. 1 Chris February 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Roy–thanks for the comment and the reminder about WorldCat lists. If WorldCat would let me easily limit by items available to my patrons, the WorlCat list would be a great resource for creating local research guides.


  2. 2 Roy Tennant February 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out. As far as I know there is no way to share your edited search results because it is linked to your login. As for doing this with our own systems, you can already basically do this with WorldCat.org by using the “list” feature. At least you can select items, annotate them, and share them, which gets at some of the functionality you describe. It isn’t Google search results, but it’s books and articles.


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