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Your time is money. These sources help you find information on the web - without spending a lot of time.

Your time is money. These sources help you find information on the web - without spending a lot of time.

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  • Budgets downCosts upMore info!Hi price doesn’t always equal answersStrategy tips and resources for getting the most out of your search dollar
  • Price-sensitive clients?
  • Low-cost: transactional pricing, low-cost subscriptions, daily feesUse your creativityAsk who cares?
  • Free alternatives to premium – not the same but for the occasional searcher in these topicsPubMed is customizable – similar to many of the features of free-based products. Easy searching – for those of us intimidated by Mesh terms.PubMed Central – full-text life sciencesERIC – education is a broad topic – lots of psychology, sociology, group dynamics, a lot to learn from the education arena? Get to know descriptors – Thesaurus search “Montessori”
  • http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=5735
  • Air ambulance
  • deforestation
  • 100,000 reports
  • Cover more resources without retyping the search/like the tab-style, since results are separatedZuula—easy to move aroundSortFix – nice options for narrowing/refining searchhttp://www.sortfix.com/search/go/gl/1?q=dog%20spork
  • Focused informationPress releases/articlesMarket researchNew productsCompetitors/top companies
  • Also country profiles – pull-down menu
  • http://www.netvibes.com/whittybus#Demo_Feedshttp://www.pafa.net/archives/1225http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/netvibes-recognizes-its-use-as-a-virtual-libraryresearch-pathfinder/
  • There are also a variety of free tools that allow you to pull information from a variety of sources, including:aggregated social media reputation monitoring services
  • Balance – while moving forward

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  • I’m not cheap, just cost-conscious: Online research to fit your budget
    March 2011
    Marcy Phelps
    Phelps Research
    www.phelpsresearch.com
  • Your time is valuable
    What’s 1 hour of your time worth to your employer?
    $50K/year income = $35/hour value
    Your salary times 1.3
    Divideby BILLABLE weeks
    Dividethat by 40 hours/week
    Helps you decide what’s really cost-effective
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  • Other considerations
    What’s your area of expertise?
    Who are your clients?
    How specialized is the request?
    What’s your time frame?
    3
  • Cost-effective searching
    Use free & low-cost alternatives to high-priced data/sources (when appropriate)
    Use resources that save you time
    4
  • So many choices…
    Alternatives to $$$$ information sources
    5
  • Free databases
    uspto.gov
    ERIC - Education Resource Information Center (www.eric.ed.gov)
    Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter)
    PubMed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed)
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  • Free databases
    PubMed Central (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc) full text and open access
    TRIP database (www.tripdatabase.com) evidence-based medicine/health
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  • Free aggregators
    Read online or set up feeds
    GovTrack.us (www.govtrack.us)
    Track status of federal legislation & events in Congress
    Alltop.com
    Current news on almost any topic
    Browse directory or search for subjects
    Topix.com
    News by location
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  • Google Scholar
    scholar.google.com
    Full-text searching in broad areas of research
    Peer-reviewed papers
    Theses
    Books
    Abstracts
    Technical reports
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  • DTIC Online: Multisearch
    multisearch.dtic.mil/dtic
    From the Defense Technical Information Center (DoD)
    Sources: DTIC collections, Science.gov, Library of Congress, World Wide Science.org, Scitopia.org and more
    Use for sci/tech information from a wide range of DoD, federal, commercial & international sources
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  • Free/low-cost images
    Image search at search.usa.gov
    Library of Congress’ Photostream (flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress)
    Creative Commons search
    Flickr.com advanced search (snipurl.com/256ipl)
    Google Images advanced search (snipurl.com/256igw)
    iStock.com
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  • Market Research Library
    www.buyusainfo.net
    From U.S. Commercial Service
    Use for free international market research reports
    Great features for searching, alerts
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  • ChangeDetection
    www.changedetection.com
    Track changes on web pages
    Use to monitor companies, R&D, product marketing, resource updates
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  • So many choices…
    Resources that save time
    14
  • Metasearch
    Zuula.com
    SortFix.com
    Google custom search www.google.com/cse
    Blekko.com – use as custom search engine
    Use for quickly getting up to speed on a topic, identifying sources
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  • Clustering
    Display search results within folders (topic, publication, date)
    Use for preliminary research or adding focus to your search
    Mednar.com
    Biznar.com
    Carrot2.org
    WorldWideScience.org
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  • Silobreaker.com
    News content in multiple formats
    News + analysis
    Use for
    Pointers to global news sources
    Identifying trends/patterns
    Finding connections (people, cities, companies, products, organizations, key phrases)
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  • Guide to Country Comparisons
    snipurl.com/16lii0
    CIA World Factbook
    Presorted lists of data for side-by-side comparisons
    Use for info aabout geography, population, economy, communications, transportation, military
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  • BEA: Bearfacts
    www.bea.gov/regional/bearfacts
    Customized factsheets for states, counties, MSAs, and BEA Economic Areas
    Use for population, personal income, growth rates, national comparisons
    Handy charts, tables, graphs
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  • HealthMap
    www.healthmap.org
    Global disease information in news reports, validated official alerts & other sources.
    Interactive maps
    Use for planning a trip, researching a particular region or tracking real-time health data
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  • Global Health Observatory (GHO)
    www.who.int/gho
    World Health Organization’s portal to global health data/analysis
    Database, reports, country statistics, map gallery
    WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) recently upgraded and added to GHO
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  • OFFSTATS Database
    www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz
    Free statistics from official sources – in one handy location
    Browse links organized by country, region or subject
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  • U.S. Government Directories
    Export.gov
    Science.gov
    ClinicalTrials.gov
    CyberCrime.gov
    Directory of U.S. Govt. portals (snipurl.com/256np9)
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  • NetVibes.com
    Create personalized home page
    Use as information portal
    Identifying trends
    Tracking topics
    Monitor conversations
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  • Social media made easy
     Cross-platform search
    Addictomatic.com
    SocialMention.com
    WhosTalkin.com
    Social media dashboards
    HootSuite.com
    TweetDeck.com
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  • Low-cost options
    Claritas Marketplace (snipurl.com/256sak)
    First Research Industry Reports (snipurl.com/256skj)
    NewsLibrary.com
    APA PsycNET(snipurl.com/25cw9d)
    AIIP.org (vendor discounts for members)
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  • It’s all about balance
    Combine strategy and tools that match expertise/time/project
    Always balance time costs vs. search costs
    Know when free is good enough & when it’s not
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  • More tips for online research:
    ResearchNOTES
    phelpsresearch.com/researchnotes
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