Workshops, seminars and presentations

I offer workshops, seminars and webinars on internet search techniques, advanced Google commands, social media for research and marketing, business information and market research.

In-house workshops and seminars can be tailored to meet your organisation's specific needs and your budget. Training events can be held on your own premises or I can arrange off-site facilities for you. Alternatively, webinars or one to one Skype calls may be more practical solutions for you.

Contact me Karen Blakeman if you would like to discuss the various options in more detail.

Standard workshops

Workshop and events home page

Advanced Google searching
How to get the best out of Google and improve search results

Essential non-Google search tools for researchers
General search and specialist alternatives to Google

Free search tools for scientific information
Options for searching and viewing scientific papers and information free of charge

Social Search
When and how to use social media and professional networks as part of your search strategy

Business information resources
Key internet resources for business information concentrating on free and PAYG

Market research and statistics
Resources and search techniques for tracking down quality market research and statistics

Free government, official and legal resources
How to track down current and past papers, policy documents, legislation and official research

Finding and using open data
Tools and techniques for finding and using open data sets

Assessing the quality of information
How to separate the good from the bad and exceedingly ugly

2018 events

Listed below is a selection of the training session I am involved in over the next few months. Some of those listed are in-house events organised for specific groups, companies, or organisations; access to them is restricted to employees or members of those organisations. They are included to give an idea of the type of sessions that I am running this year.

IN-HOUSE event: Sources of Business information (including sources analysing and commenting on the impact of Brexit)
Full day workshop. 13 February 2018, Reading

IN-HOUSE event: Advanced Searching: overview of Google and alternative search tools
Half day workshop. 27 February 2018, Oxford

IN-HOUSE event: Image searching
Half day workshop, 14 March 2018, Oxford

Navigating the Deep Web: advanced search strategies for researchers and information professionals
Public access event organised by UKeiG. Full details to be confirmed.
Full day workshop, 12 April 2018, London

Workshop/Presentation at the ERA Conference 2018.
25 April 2018, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.
Details to be confirmed

IN-HOUSE event: Advanced Searching - Google and Beyond
Full day workshop. 8 May 2018, Oxford

IN-HOUSE event: Search tools for research information
Half day workshop. 31 May 2018, Oxford

A selection of recent workshops and presentations

The future of search: technology, politics and humans
Presentation given at the 2017 FIL conference, Oxford, 2017

PowerPoint. Also available on authorSTREAM and Slideshare

The changing landscape of search for business information
Workshop held at VOGIN-IP-lezing, 9 March 2017, Amsterdam


Searching for reliable business information: free versus fee
Presentation given at VOGIN-IP-lezing, 9th March 2017, Amsterdam


WebSearch Academy, Internet Librarian International
Olympia Conference Centre, London, 17th October 2016. Edited highlights from the full presentations are available on SlideShare and authorSTREAM. If you attended the workshop and would like copies of the full presentation please contact me at

New Dimensions in Search: seeing, hearing, viewing. Searching for images, video and sound. authorSTREAM, SlideShare

If not Google then what? Alternative to Google. authorSTREAM, SlideShare

Training offered by other organisations

You may also be interested in courses organised by UKeiG. These cover a wide range of subjects relating to electronic information and are often held outside of London. Many include practical sessions. Many of other Special Interest Groups and member networks of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) also run events and training sessions. Further information on these can be found on the CILIP Events page.

Tim Buckley Owen offers pre-packacked and customised courses

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