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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

        Navigating the deep web: advanced search strategies for researchers

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

        A significant volume of high quality, valuable information cannot be found by using standard search engines. Estimates vary but it is thought that Google and Bing only retrieve between 1 and 5% of the information available on the Internet, and relevant content is often buried so far down the results lists that you may never retrieve it.

        On other occasions the information may vanish completely. Organisations may deliberately attempt to hide data and compromising public documents. There may be restrictions on what you can access depending on your location, and legislation can limit what the search engines can show you.

        This workshop will explore the tools that can help surface deep (hidden) web information. It will also address advanced search strategies, current developments in search engine technology and different approaches to tackling research.

        Topics covered include:

        • Why general search engines miss or ignore information
        • The impact of the "right to be forgotten", GDPR and other legislation on access to content
        • How to use advanced search commands to surface hard to find web resources
        • Specialist search tools for the deep web
        • Strategies for retrieving high quality information, including data sets, scholarly literature, official publications, news, multi-media and image resources
        • Tools to surface valuable social media content
        • What is the dark web, and can it be legitimately used for research?

        By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding and awareness of current search engine trends and developments and the confidence to refresh and adapt your research skills and techniques.

        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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