Google Senior Research Scientist Dan Russell shares stories on teaching people how to search

May 2, 2019

Daniel Russell, Google's Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View gave a talk at UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) on April 12. Russell shared what he has learned from teaching thousands of people how to find what they are looking for with Google and other online tools.

The talk included highlights from his forthcoming book, The Joy of Search: A Google Insider's Guide to Going Beyond the Basics (MIT Press). For the book, Russell said he worked to avoid technical jargon and explanations, instead conveying the lessons through a series of narratives.  

“This book is really a set of stories about how to effectively do online research,” he said.

Click below or follow this link to the SILS YouTube channel to watch Russell’s talk.

A member of the SILS Board of Visitors, Russell’s current research focuses on understanding how human intelligence and artificial intelligence can work together to exceed their individual potentials. His MOOC,, is currently hosting over 3,000 learners / week in the course. He also writes a blog at