Wednesday, December 5, 2007
One of my favorite search engines, Clusty, has a terrific feature that lets you embed a real-time, search query tag cloud into any website. Like this one below for Nanotechnology:

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This is a wonderful way to display search results on a subject oriented page. If you apply your librarian mind to it you can create one that is really useful and time saving for patrons:

How about taking out all the noisy information about the iPod nano, and limiting it to "space applications" (instead of say, biomedical applications) and only info from nasa.gov?


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Now you have created a sophisticated search that yields specific results and saves your patrons time. Since tag clouds use size as a frequency indicator, clicking on the largest word, communication (remember this is real-time so that may not be the largest word at reading time) yields 86 succinct results. Now type nanotechnology and communications into Google...see?

I think this would be a great addition to a subject guide created in LibGuides. I will be working on how to include the cloud and have the resulting page load inside the LibGuide. Cross your fingers.

posted by Paige Lucas-Stannard at 8:34 AM | 0 comments
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