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Cuil has added some map and local search results via a partner- Google provides a yellow “peg man” on the left that is dragged to
ship with MapQuest. Some searches with ZIP codes or location a specific street for Street View.
names will bring up a MapQuest result in the top center position. hakia now includes “Credible Sites recommended by Librarians”
Hulu video content has also been added. Cuil now has search in its results and a Librarians’ Corner. It has also launched a cus-
plug-ins for Firefox and Internet Explorer, with links to add these tom start page called my hakia, which the company suggests
to your browser on the bottom of its homepage. using as your own digital newspaper.
Google introduced SearchWiki to all Google users who have The Librarians’ Internet Index (www.lii.org) is now hosted by
signed into a Google or Gmail account. Those searchers who The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and
are signed in can now elevate and delete web search results, Technology, and has merged with The Internet Public Library
add new ones, and post comments. SearchWiki runs by means (www.ipl.org).
of light gray icons next to each search result record and some
links at the bottom of the record. Most changes made by indi- Live Search has joined Yahoo! and Google in flagging some sus-
vidual searchers only affect the results that they see, although picious sites in search results. Sites that host malware or phish-
for some searches, clicking the “See all notes for this ing attempts may display a warning. Live Search Images now has
SearchWiki” at the bottom of the page lets you see what others an option to find similar images by mousing over an image and
have done with the search. then clicking on the “show similar images” link.
Google has changed the information displayed in its search Mahalo.com launched Mahalo Answers, joining the ever-grow-
engine results, some of which now include additional informa- ing field of Q&A databases. Taking a slightly different approach,
tion. Some snippets start with a date, especially those from blog Mahalo is offering monetary incentives for answering. The cash
posts or news sites. Results for forum postings have information “tipping” is an optional system.
about the date of the post and the number of responses, which
Open Library (http://openlibrary.org) upgraded its site, search,
shows up on the line under the title in light gray.
and collections. The Open Library beta site has expanded greatly
The Google Help forums (www.google.com/support/forum)
on its prior collection of full-text, online, out-of-copyright books.
have been updated with new features including a reputation and
While not as large as Google Books, Open Library now includes
ranking system, the ability for users to mark questions as
full-text search of more than 1 million books along with biblio-
answered, and user profiles that highlight forum activity.
graphic records from WorldCat and Amazon. Most of the full-text
Google Blog Search changed its indexing process from feeds to searchable books are from the Internet Archive, where the books
posts. Since RSS feeds do not always contain the full text of a are available but not full-text searchable. The Open Library’s goal
post, the previous version did not index all the text of such post- is