Sweet Search and Le Tour

Reading Judy O’Connell’s excellent blog, and following a couple of links, I came across Sweet Search which is subtitled ‘A search engine for students’. The difference between Sweet Search and other search engines is that what you are searching is not the web but ‘35,000 websites that our staff of research experts, librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved’. There is also a page for ‘School Librarians: content and tools’ which is definitively worth a look as it has some interesting features targeted at TLs, including a good guide for students searching the web. There is obviously a limited range of resources being searched here, both in terms of numbers and geographical coverage, but this looks like a good tool to add to your box.

This is the 3rd week of Le Tour de France, the annual cycling jamboree. For cyclists, this is a fascinating insight into the work of people who cycle up the terrifying slopes of the Pyrenees – for a living. The difference between me out on my bike (and I’m making yet another comeback) in the hills of East Lothian and the professionals on Le Tour, is like the difference between a pair of binoculars and the Hubble Telescope. For example, watching the cyclists haring down one of the mountain descents the other day at 90+kmph was amazing, given that when I reach 50 kmph on my bike, I’m starting to put the brakes on. Even if you’re not into cycling, check out the Guardian’s interactive guide for Le Tour for some brilliant scenery.


One Response to “Sweet Search and Le Tour”

  1. Mark Moran Says:

    Thanks for the review of SweetSearch, James! I agree with your view that it, like every search engine, should be one tool in your toolkit. The benefit of it searching a much narrower group of sites than Google is not only that every site is credible, but also that the very best sites or particular articles or notes, which may be hopelessly buried on Google, appear on the first page of SweetSearch. We’ve also just introduced SweetSearch4Me, which is aimed at younger users and prominently features the best results written for them. Here’s more on how we created SweetSearch, link by link:

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