Karen Blakeman on August 30th, 2013

I recently co-presented a webinar on researching legal information. The event was organised by TFPL, and Alan Blanchard and myself reviewed free and paid for resources together with key search techniques. Throughout the session we polled the audience on a number of issues, the first question being “Does price guarantee quality when you are purchasing […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 23rd, 2013

A reminder that I am running two business information workshops in London in April. The first is “Introduction to Business Research” on Thursday, 18th April. This workshop provides an introduction to many areas of business research including statistics, official company information, market information, news sources and how to build search strategies. It will cover explanations of […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 15th, 2013

The advanced Google workshop that I am running for UKeiG (How to make Google behave) has a new venue. It is still being held in Manchester but will now be in the 4th Floor Teaching Suite, Main Library, University of Manchester M13 9PP. The date remains unchanged (April 30th, 2013). We shall be looking at what […]

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Karen Blakeman on February 6th, 2013

I am running three workshops in April on business information and search. All three have a practical element so that you can try out resources and techniques for yourself. Introduction to Business Research This is being organised by TFPL and will be held in London on Thursday, 18th April. This course provides an introduction to […]

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Karen Blakeman on July 11th, 2012

Oh what fun we had beating Google into submission on June 28th! This advanced Google workshop was held at Reading University and covered some of the new goings on at Google (no more ‘ANDing’ for search terms, personalisation of results) as well as the some of the established techniques for making Google behave itself. The […]

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Karen Blakeman on June 14th, 2012

A reminder that I am running an advanced search workshop concentrating on Google on June 28th, venue Reading University. Topics will include: – how Google works – what Google tells us and what we have to guess – latest developments at Google- what’s gone, what’s new, impact on search results – how Google customises your […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 26th, 2012

Having problems with Google? Fed up with it ignoring your search terms and giving you something completely different? Or confused by irrelevant postings from complete strangers appearing in your results? Personalisation, localisation, social networks and semantic search are all being used by Google in an attempt to “enhance” your results but it can go horribly […]

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If you want to make Google behave or learn about alternative search tools, I am running a workshop for SINTO next week in Sheffield. It is a one day hands-on workshop to be held at Sheffield Hallam University on Tuseday 1st May (10 am – 4 pm). This workshop will start with how Google works, […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 9th, 2012

The presentation on advanced web searching that I gave to the Information for Energy Group on April 3rd, 2012 in London is now available. It can be found on: authorSTREAM at and Slideshare at If you have problems accessing it on either of those sites it is temporarily available as a PowerPoint file on my […]

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Karen Blakeman on February 10th, 2012

UKeiG organised a workshop on Google, which was held on 8th February 2012 and hosted by Birimngham University. (My slides for the day can be found on authorSTREAM and on Slideshare). Twenty-two people from a variety of backgrounds and sectors attended the event and their combined Top 10 Tips are listed below. 1. An understanding of […]

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