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      1. Workshops, seminars and presentations

        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

        Navigating the Deep Web
        Advanced search strategies for researchers

        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

        Essential non-Google search tools for researchers

        Coronavirus - please note that all face to face training sessions and workshops have been suspended

        Having problems with Google? Suspect you are not seeing the whole picture? There are times when Google is the worst possible tool for researching a project, and there really are alternative tools and strategies that can give you better results. This workshop will look at the options for carrying out research without using Google, alternatives to Google for general web search and specialist tools for different types of information.

        The workshop covers:

        • Alternative web search tools – features, strengths and weaknesses
        • Specialist tools for research papers, scientific and technical information
        • Image search tools
        • Web archives
        • Statistics and open data
        • Official information
        • Social media and professional networks
        • News, alerts and current awareness

        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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