Finding information about people online is often difficult. Law librarians, Bridget Gilhool and Jennifer McMahan, name the databases they use in the United States to get information about people and companies.
Searching Secrets of Professional Cyber-Sleuths By Bridget Gilhool, Jennifer McMahan, Online Searcher (May 2014)
This article outlines our top 10 tips for creative searching on people and companies. It provides sites and search strategies we have found to be critical for people and company research.
This presentation by Marcy Phelps at Internet Librarian 2013 goes through the steps and approaches the information professional will want to employ to search quickly and effectively.
Cost-Effective Searching: Online strategies and practices to get the most for your search dollar and your time.
Has a couple of tips on using Google. I wouldn’t use OR to the extent mentioned here. Google does more semantic interpretation of words and less keyword matching. Therefore, expanding a concept with OR may muddy results too much.
Greatest value is the reminder to use specialty sites – find them, collect them, know them, use them.
Marcy Phelps has other presentations at Slideshare – would be good to follow her for tools and techniques.
Yahoo, lest we forget, is very strong in finance. As we learn in this Bloomberg video- Yahoo’s Big Business, people in the finance community use it as well as their Bloomberg terminals, and individual investors both sophisticated and novice go to it..
The Head of Yahoo Finance, Aaron Task, described features and future for Yahoo Finance. He summarized that Yahoo Finance does well at aggregating information for news and research, providing own analysis, personalizing the selection and presentation, and providing mobile access. It has much more than stock quotes.
ZoomInfo Expands Coverage, Develops New Technologies, Newsbreaks (Sept 6)
ZoomInfo announced that it now offers “detailed, just-verified profiles of 65 million businesspeople and 6 million businesses. The new totals represent annual growth of more than 20% in the company’s comprehensive coverage. The increase in its B2B data gives ZoomInfo’s customers—marketers, sales professionals, and recruiters at companies such as Google, Oracle, and Ranstad—a constant source of up-to-date, deep information about prospects, including middle managers and other decision makers and small- to medium-sized companies, both public and private.”
Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Completely Updated – July 2012, Sabrina Pacifici, LLRX.com
Hats off to Sabrina Pacifici for annually updating this terrific resource guide to search tools on the web. The collection is aimed at business research and competitive intelligence, but serves well for general research. Topics include in addition to web search engines, news, countries, media, people search, US legislation, tracking tools and aggregators
Factiva Adds Real-Time Twitter Module , Barbara Quint, Newsbreaks (May 31)
Twitter has really arrived as THE current awareness tool for professionals with this announcement from Factiva.
“Factiva, the subscription-based, business information service from Dow Jones & Co., has begun linking to high-value Twitter streams. The real-time module works inside the Factiva Snapshot news dashboard. Snapshot, still in beta and not available on the academic version of Factiva, provides monitoring for 31 industries, plus a range of other topical areas and services”
Business Research Plus – blog from the Library at the University of Manchester for its business school. Business researchers and business information professionals everywhere are invited to use this resource. It holds guides to research, popular questions wtih answers, and news.
BestBizWeb recommended it in its May Issue – http://bestbizweb.com/archive/BBW0512.htm
A Roundup Of New U.S. Government Search Tools, Gary Price, Search Engine Land (Jan 30)
For researchers seeking out US government data, this list of very specialized US government-related search engines may be useful.
One on the list is Global Think Tank Directory – it lists organizations that deal with public policy. There are several listed by province for Canada. Find this under North America, and look for a small forward arrow to page through.
Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Completely Updated – December 2011, Sabrina Pacifici, LLRX
Updated guide to resources for researchers seeking business information and competitive intelligence from a US point of view. Resources are organized by type and use. A good orientation to types of tools.
Those who manage access to news sources in organizaions will be interested in a report prepared by Robin Neidorf – the Freepint Research Report: Survey on News Needs and Preferences 2011 just published.
“Business news drives business decisions. Any environmental change – marketplace, competitive, financial or other – has the potential to create change in a business. Organisations access news through a wide range of paid-for and free sources, and information managers face an enormous challenge in understanding the full portfolio of news sources so that they can manage them efficiently and cost-effectively.
Over the past 4 years, FreePint Research has undertaken a survey to understand the decision-making process and priorities of information managers in reviewing, acquiring and managing the many sources of news that enter their organisations.”
There is a relatively modest license fee.
Freepint is also offering a Buyer’s Guide On Business News Information at no cost. Request your copy here.