[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Re: Re: My observations on new search

  • From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:25:01 -0500

I wonder if Google can be used to access this full text search.

Roger Loran Bailey

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, & the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."
Karl Marx

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Lynn Zelvin" <lynn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 12:10 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Re: Re: My observations on new search

That's too bad. Clearly they need to fix this. It was always possible
to do a keyword search on bookshare using google. Like, if you want
to search any site for something, in the search field in google you
just write site: followed by the full web address, and than any
keyword or other string you enter will be only on that site. So to
search bookshare for keywords, I entered
site:http://www.bookshare.org and following that with a space and the
word macrame, I'd get a list of results  of any page on the bookshare
site with the word macrame in it. The bookshare search engine was
better for just what it did - only searching titles and authors.
Temporarily, you could probably get better title search results using
google, since you could search for only pages that contain both a
specific title and author, a full author name, or other combinations
of words and exact strings. This is made easier somewhat using the
advanced search page but if anyone wants a better idea of how to use
google for this purpose, I may have ideas for you.

If it's OK to ask user questions here, the big thing I can no longer
do since the new site went up is to find books in a category starting
with the most recent. So, I used to go to the mystery and thriller
category and since the most recent books would be listed first, I
could easily see what new in that category had been added. It seems
like one can't do that now since the new search field doesn't allow
one to leave the title and author fields blank and just sort by
category and date. But maybe there is something I'm missing? Anyone know?


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