New from Mary Ellen Bates

Searchers will be interested in the two new slideshows Mary Ellen Bates has posted at SlideShare in advance of sessions Web Search University in September 2015. Excellent.

Social Media Gains Respectability – primer on the value, how to use, how to search, and how to protect privacy.

Competitive Intelligence for non CIers – what it is, how to do it. Has strategies and tools.

Best Biz Web Newsletter and Site

There were more good items in the Best Biz Web Newsletter this month. This newsletter is available for free but you must have a subscription. If you have any interest in business resources, sign up now at Best of the Business Web. When you visit, check the blog – Thinking Out Loud – for thoughtful postings by Robert Berkman on the research process.

Of interest to me in the June newsletter were:

CORE – Connecting Repositories — aggregates open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide. CORE provides “services for different stakeholders including academics and researchers, repository managers, funders and developers”.

Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content at TOW Center for Digital Journalism that describes and links to a report by Craig Silverman on “How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.” Beware the viral story.

Journalists today have an imperative—and an opportunity—to sift through the mass of content being created and shared in order to separate true from false, and to help the truth to spread. This report includes a set of specific and, where possible, data driven recommendations for how this anti-viral viral strategy can be executed.


Donors and Prospect Research

BestBizWeb Newsletter for January 2015 has a gem of a find for the how-to of prospect research  in Donor ID Techniques.

Purpose is described as “A collection of documents and advisories on sources and strategies for finding donors and other individuals who could contribute to non-profits, universities, and other institutions that need to identify prospects and donors.”

Guide to Eurostat

Excellent guide to obtaining international statistics on economic and social activity through Eurostat – describes types of reports, how to search, aspects of the databases.

Eurostat’s Statistical Treasure Trove By Anja Chemnitz Thygesen, Online Searcher (Sep/Oct 2014)

As an excellent entry point to data on European matters, Eurostat ( contains an enormous amount of information and statistics from across the European Union membership countries, plus a few other nations. In this article I use the example of researching the elderly population in the EU to illustrate some of the highlights of the Eurostat pages.

Information Today – August sampler

Information Today is offering a sampler of articles from its August publications for download.. Among them is one about researching for competitive intelligence.

In Online Searcher, DuPont’s Peter M. Murphy talks about his company’s competitive intelligence (CI) news delivery practices, how his team seeks ways to improve news harvesting, his curation techniques, and DuPont’s goals for meeting customer needs.

Researching people and companies

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.

Presentation on cost-effective searching

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.

Spotlight on Yahoo Finance

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.