The Taming of Google

Search Engine Tips and Tricks

Maxwell’s Tech Program for Thursday, September 27, 2018

The rumors of the death of the reference librarian have been greatly exaggerated.

Just as electronic books have killed neither paper books nor the libraries that provide them, neither has Google made the specialized skills of a good reference librarian obsolete. As Neil Gaiman told us, “Google can bring you back, you know, a hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

There are ways, though, to tame the beast. This month’s tech program at Maxwell will introduce you to some of the ways you can tweak your online searches to get results that better answer your actual questions. You won’t come out with all of a reference librarian’s skills, but your Google searches will be more productive.