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New Google, new challenges
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

Market research and statistics

This one day workshop offers practical guidance on how to find and evaluate web based statistical, market research and industry information. It will also look at how social and professional networking services such as blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter can be used as sources of information and as a means of conducting surveys. Business specific search engines and how to use advanced search features on services such as Google to focus research are covered.

Topics include:

  • sources of statistics
  • where to look for both free and fee based market/industry sector information
  • using search engines to find market data - tips and tricks
  • specialist industry and market data research tools
  • social media and professional networks
  • priced services: content aggregators versus individual publishers
  • conducting your own research and commissioning bespoke research
  • how to assess and evaluate the quality of the information

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. The techniques and approaches covered can be applied to all subject areas.

This workshop is usually run as a full day, hands on event with opportunities for participants to experiment and try out the techniques for themselves. It can be condensed into a half day session or a seminar concentrating on key elements. Sections of this workshop can be presented as a webinar. Please contact Karen Blakeman for further information.

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