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Title: Top Ten Tips


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Top Ten Tips
  • Mary Ellen Bates
  • Bates Information Services
  • Internet Librarian International
  • 28 March 2001

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1. Sit back and think.
  • Whats the point?
  • When do I stop?
  • Who cares about this topic?
  • Whats my strategy?

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2. Use tools, not engines
  • Directories
  • Yahoo! and LookSmart
  • Portals
  • About.com
  • Subject portals Business.com
  • Guides
  • Built by experts or someone with a passion

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3. Look around
  • Use a sites map or index
  • Look for site search option
  • Always read Advanced Search tips
  • Look for out-going links

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4. Search the Invisible Web
  • Databases
  • PDF, PowerPoint, WP and other non-ASCII files
  • Non-print material audio, video
  • Current material news

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5. Manage your bookmarks
  • If theyre not used often, purge
  • Fight Link Rot
  • Put in folders so theyre organised
  • Think of them as your personal KM database

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6. Use web link lookups
  • Search syntax
  • linkwww.BatesInfo.com
  • Judge how often a site is linked-to
  • Find more like this
  • Find hidden relationships

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7. Ask people
  • Web discussion forums
  • Listservs
  • Ask-an-expert sites
  • Maybe Usenet newsgroups

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8. Surface your sources
  • Use the professional online services
  • Promote them to management
  • List all sources in your report
  • Ask clients for their favourites

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9. Less is more
  • Focus on delivering less, more focused, more
    distilled info
  • Look for analysis
  • Look for unique sources
  • Think ADDED VALUE

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10. Watch your time
  • Know when to stop
  • Know how much this project is worth
  • Use professional online services
  • Outsource if appropriate

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Mary Ellen Bates Bates Information
Services Washington, DC 1 202.332.2360 mbates_at_Bat
esInfo.com www.BatesInfo.com
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