Google Searches the US Government

Someone mentioned on twitter this morning how much they loved the Google Uncle Sam search. Intrigued I did a little investigating. Turns out the advanced search feature has been around for at least a decade. The advantage is that it searches .gov and .mil domains which may only be used by the US government. usgov google search

Google & the Flu

Google announced on Tuesday that it was launching Google Flu Trends which will combine flu-related searches that it receives along with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to estimate flu cases in all 50 states. The CDC offers information on Flu Season for consumers as well as Seasonal Flu information for health professionals, parents, and teachers.

According to Google Flu Trends, incidence of the flu in Louisiana is still low. And they even offer a flu shot locator by zip code, courtesy of the American Lung Association.

Dig In & Dig Dental – 2 Classes & 1 Open House

Two more chances to learn and one chance to celebrate:

  • Advanced Googling Class @ Isché Friday, October 24th from 12 noon to 1 pm
  • PubMed Class @ Dental Monday, October 27th from 12 noon to 1 pm
  • Check out the Dental Library Open House on Tuesday, October 28th from 11:30 to 1:30; Go and “Sink Your Teeth In!”

    Sink Your Teeth In at the Dental Open House

    Sink Your Teeth In at the Dental Open House

    Top 10 obscure Google hacks

    Still insisting on using Google to do your research?

    While we can’t force you use authoritative resources like PubMed or EBSCOhost’s CINAHL Plus with Full Text to search for journal articles (though we STRONGLY ENDORSE IT and YOU SHOULD), we can supply you with these tricks from for the times when Google is your tool.

    For example, you can use Google to compare items with “better than” and find similar items with “reminds me of”. In fact, a search for LSU “better than everyone” gets over 19,000 hits!