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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.


Search - There is far more to searching for content online than typing in a few search terms on one of the major search engines. Formal studies performed and my own experience working with people indicate that most web searchers vastly under-utilize the power of current search technology. Learning how to use all the features of various search engines best suited to different purposes can dramatically increase your access to information and decrease your time spent searching for what you need.

Some of my favorite search tools right now include:

Clusty.com searches through multiple engines, displays results in subject clusters and provides a live preview window of all sites found.

A9.com Amazon.com's engine searches through multiple different mediums, including the full text of a large number of books sold on Amazon.

Archive.org has many different projects underway, but one of the most useful is the WayBackMachine, an engine that brings up old versions of many web pages online. Perfect for looking behind broken links and viewing the history of different organizations and web sites over the last several years.

OneLook.com is a metadictionary, searching through more than 1,000 subject-area, technical and general interest reference books.

That's just a few of the huge number of developments in the world of search. Automated search is another key tool altogether, and one of the most important. Beyond showing people various web sites, I can help people strategize how and when to use the right ones.

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