Tag Archives: Google

How Google is Changing Education!

Here’s an infographic that outlines the impact that google is having on education (source: TopMastersinEducation.com).


Posted by Tom R.


Have You Googled It?

Happy Friday!  Many people use Google to find information on the internet, but are they finding what they need?  How many people are actually maximizing their search capabilities by really searching (and searching smart) using advanced tips, tricks, and techniques?  I would hazard to guess, not many.  Here is an amazing infographic (courtesy of HackCollege.com) that introduces and demonstrates some efficient and effective ways to search Google.  Enjoy and happy searching!  And, now that you know how to be smarter in your searching of Google, don’t forget that you have access to many more resources at your local library as well (public, school, university, corporate, etc.).  Note: click on the graphic and then click again on the “shrunken version” of the graphic to get a cleaner, more readable representation.

Tuesday’s Technology Tip – iCyte


Clunky, disorganized bookmarks can only handle a certain amount of information before they become difficult to sift through. And the copy/paste function doesn’t save formatting, it’s difficult to organize, and it’s harder to link back to the original web site for easy reference. Try iCyte – a free web research management tool that lets you save and annotate entire web pages. Much better than bookmarks, it lets you highlight the most useful text directly on the saved web page, issue-tag, search, comment, and securely share your saved content with others. The operating systems iCyte works with include

* Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, Server 2003, 7)
* Mac OS X
* Linux

Although recommended for use with Firefox (3.0 and above), iCyte works with Internet Explorer 7 and 8.

Any HTML file that you can access using your web browser can be annotated. Some examples include:

* Newspaper articles
* Technical documentation
* Knowledgebase articles
* Confirmation screens for ordering products (flights, hotels, books, …)
* Product reviews
* Youtube videos

To download iCyte and sign up for an account, visit the download wizard.  Instructions for how to use the basic iCyte functionality may be found in this tutorial.

iCyte changes the dynamic for data storage and retrieval by saving and organizing “Cytes” (text, pictures, articles – even entire web pages) with a click of a button. It works with any information (Google, Yahoo, intranet, or a password protected online database).

To learn more about iCyte check out this video overview.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Your Brain on Google

Posted by Linda Summers

Gov Docs Via Google!

GPO Launches ‘Google’ for Federal Docs
The Government Printing Office today launches Federal Digital System (FDsys),
the new online home for original federal documents.

Users will eventually be able to search for information from the government’s
50 different collections. The site currently hosts the eight most-popular
collections, including the Federal Register, the Congressional Record and
archive of Congressional hearings. The other collections will be added to the
site by this summer, according to GPO’s chief information officer Mike Wash.

The new site also marks the launch of the Federal Register’s new Daily
Compilation of Presidential Documents, an archive of executive orders,
speeches and other information released by the White House Press Office.
The daily online compilation replaces the printed Weekly Compilation of
Presidential Documents.

“In today’s world, where things are widely expected to be available
immediately and online, we need to have a really good repository of
information to maintain federal publications to get easy access to that
information,” Wash said.

Web users could just as easily use Google or other search engines to find
government information, but FDsys assures access to the original, authentic
versions of government documents.

Work on the site began in 2004 and GPO has spent roughly $20 million so far
on the project.

“What we use is a lot of standard software. We haven’t been doing much custom
software,” Wash said. “A lot of our research was focused on doing search and
content management. Lots of our time was spent on configuring standard tools
to meet our needs.”

Wash’s team consulted congressional staffers, librarians and the federal
agencies as the development process began. More recently, GPO has consulted
with members of the tech-savvy Obama transition and administration.

“I think we’ll be talking with them more, because what we’ve been doing here
is a good example of good open government,” Wash said.

Courtesy of Carol Koenig at NGIC.

Posted by Tom R.