How to get the most from free news search
2010 (English)In: Online Information 2010: Conference proceedings / [ed] Catherine Turner, London: Incisive Media , 2010, 97-99 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Today there are many ways to search for news stories and blog posts. Several free news search engines enable you to search in many news sources offering freely available content. The majority of these sources will only let you read their stories for a limited time while some others have a longer back archive on the web. There are also news databases and search services that will let you search for free but will charge for the viewing of full text. Whereas most of news search tools will only index news published on the web there are some that will let you search printed news stories as well.
The problem for the user is that he or she has to gain knowledge of several types of news search tools and what the strengths and weaknesses of these are. On top of this there is the additional problem of not having the time to use all the tools regularly to get all the updates on topics of interest. This seminar offers an overview of the most important of the presently available news search tools that are free to use. It's also about how you can use some of these services to monitor news sources for the appearance of keywords that you supply. The ability to build your own personal filters to cope with the deluge of news stories is more needed than ever.
Different categories of news sources are presented and discussed. These include newspapers, broadcast news, news agencies, press release wires and specialized sources. It's not always easy to find the best search tool to use for the various sources and sometimes you have to combine different services to expand the coverage. Blogs and social media is also a part of the news scene. Tools for searching blogs, discovery of blogs and monitoring of blogs are introduced. Comparisons between different monitoring strategies such as news alerts, news digests and RSS feeds are made. An evaluation of various feed reader environments for subscriptions to news feeds and keyword-generated search feeds is also presented.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Incisive Media , 2010. 97-99 p.
news search, search engines, blogs
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14127Local ID: xyzISBN: 1-900239-91-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-14127DiVA: diva2:430128
Online Information, 30 Nov-2 Dec, London