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      1. Workshops, seminars and presentations

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        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

        Social search

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

        Regardless of whether one is researching a company, a person or an academic subject social media and professional networks have become an integral part of search. Companies use these networks to market their services and stay in touch with existing and potential customers. Conference highlights, presentations and videos are shared across multiple platforms. Researchers use social media to discuss, promote and share their work, and many people use their connections to share information and ask questions. Google and Bing include some social media in their results but do not cover everything so knowing where to look is vital.

        This workshop looks at how organisations and individuals are using social and professional networks to publish and share information, and the implications for the researcher. What are the different types of network and when should they be used? What advanced techniques and specialist search tools are needed to effectively use the mass of information and data contained in social network? It will also examine the potential confidentiality and ethical issues that might arise in using information found within your own personal, networks and the perennial problem of quality.

        Topics include:

        • Why “social” is an important part of search
        • How organisations and individuals are using social and professional networks to publish and share information
        • Searching for people
        • The networks and services you need to consider and how to search them
        • Specialist tools for social search
        • Confidentiality and ethical issues
        • Quality issues

        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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