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Information Research FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about the art of Information Research.

This FAQ about Information Research was compiled and written by David Novak david@spireproject.com with numerous contributions by others.

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank my wife Fiona, whom I love and cherish dearly. The Spire Project is a great effort several years in the making. I trust you enjoyed the results.
David Novak - david@spireproject.com - SpireProject.com and SpireProject.co.uk

Copyright (c) 1998-2001 by David Novak, all rights reserved. This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service, website, or BBS as long as it is posted unaltered in its entirety including this copyright statement. This FAQ may not be included in commercial collections or compilations without express permission from the author. Please post permission requests to david@spireproject.com

-01 Prelude (Information Research)
Many of us unwittingly digest great amounts of information in ...
-02 Searching is Simple (Information Research)
Searching is simple. It starts with a question. It ends with an answer....
-03 Searching is Complex (Information Research)
Your value as a searcher is directly related to the number of ...
-04 Step One: Properly Frame the Question (Effective Information Searching)
The preparation of your question is critical. There is a galaxy ...
-05 Step Two: Know the Technology, Know Where to Look (Effective Information Searching)
Research rests on understanding the technology and an awareness of ...
-06 Step Three: Know You Can Ask (Effective Information Searching)
There is very little mystery about professional research. Lots ...
-07 The Internet Format (Information Research) part 1
As Shakh became more proficient with writing, father wrote ...
-08 The Internet Format (Information Research) part 2
If you wish to search past news, you must still reach for ...
-09 The Internet Format (Information Research) part 3
Information ...
-10 The Internet Format (Information Research) part 4
Information ...
-11 Searching Specific Formats (Information Research)
On the second year of his training, Shakh began to piece together ...
-12 Books - Searching Specific Formats (Information Research)
Links and forms at http://spireproject.com/books....
-13 The Article - Searching Specific Formats (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/article....
-14 Webpages - Searching Specific Formats part 1 (Information Research)
Links and forms at http://spireproject.com/webpage....
-15 Webpages - Searching Specific Formats part 2 (Information Research)
Reviewed ...
-16 Webpages - Searching Specific Formats part 3 (Information Research)
-17 News - Searching Specific Formats part 1 (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/newswire....
-18 News - Searching Specific Formats part 2 (Information Research)
-19 Theses and Dissertations - Searching Specific Formats (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/discuss....
-20 Patents - Searching Specific Formats (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/discuss....
-21 Statistics - Searching Specific Formats part 1 (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/stats....
-22 Statistics - Searching Specific Formats part 2 (Information Research)
Let's move on to specific fields of statistics....
-23 Information Venues (Information Research)
At the successful completion of his work in Nubia, Shakh was invited ...
-24 United Nations Information - Information Venues (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/un....
-25 Government Information - Information Venues (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/gov....
-26 Commercial Databases - Information Venues part 1 (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/database....
-27 Commercial Databases - Information Venues part 2 (Information Research)
A list of database retailers follow....
-28 Discussion Groups - Information Venues (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/discuss....
-29 The Library - Information Venues (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/library....
-30 Zines, Magazines & Journals - Information Venues (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/period....
-31 Country Profiles - Information by Field (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/country....
-32 Import Statistics - Information by Field (Information Research)
-33 Business Benchmarks - Information by Field (Information Research)
-34 Company Information - Information by Field (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/company....
-35 Industry Information - Information by Field part 1 (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/industry....
-36 Industry Information - Information by Field part 2 (Information Research)
Business Magazines and Trade ...
-37 Personal Information - Information by Field (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/people....
-38 Trademarks - Information by Field (Information Research)
links and more at http://spireproject.com/t_mark....
-39 Search Tactics (Information Research)
The Pharaoh called on Shakh to negotiate the annual royal donation ...
-40 Straight Word Searching - Search Tactics (Information Research)
All search situations allow you to ask for the presence of words in ...
-41 Text Fragments - Search Tactics (Information Research)
The simplest refinement to straight searching involves searching ...
-42 Truncation - Search Tactics (Information Research)
Some search engines don't allow searches for text fragments, and ...
-43 Thesaurus - Search Tactics (Information Research)
An improvement on truncation is the opportunity to look directly at ...
-44 Boolean operators - Search Tactics (Information Research)
Changing tack, searching for multiple words calls for and, or, ...
-45 Proximity operators - Search Tactics (Information Research)
The next dramatic improvement fixes the position of words relative ...
-46 Fields - Search Tactics (Information Research)
By separating information into different fields, we can ...
-47 Date Fields - Search Tactics (Information Research)
Are you really interested in information more than 15 years old?...
-48 Further Enhancements - Search Tactics (Information Research)
Ranking and the ability to search multiple databases are some of ...
-49 Classificatio - Search Tactics (Information Research)
There are several search techniques associated with library catalogues....
-50 Dewey Searchin - Search Tactics (Information Research)
The Dewey decimal system is similar in many ways to the ...
-51 Subject Searchin - Search Tactics (Information Research)
We can do better than searching the subject index of a ...
-52 Patent Classificatio - Search Tactics (Information Research)
All patents are given a special number. Unfortunately, each country ...
-53 Trademark - Search Tactics (Information Research)
Trademark law is designed to protect consumers from confusion. The ...
-54 Industry Classification - Search Tactics (Information Research)
Lastly, we have not yet researched the categorization of ...
-55 Quality (Information Research)
Information has value. It also has other qualities that will assist ...
-56 Searching as Industry (Information Research)
Of interest to you now, the internet offers you a very good look at ...
-57 The Professional Search - Searching as Industry (Information Research)
-58 The Database Industry - Searching as Industry (Information Research)
-59 Squeezing the Info-Broker - Searching as Industry (Information Research)
-60 Information Theory (Information Research)
The Information Service ...
-61 Trends in the Information Sphere - Information Theory (Information Research)
For the past few years, individual database owners/maintainers ...
-62 Are We Developing an Informative Internet? - Information Theory (Information Research)
Several serious glitches have delayed the further improvement of ...
-63 A Look at Information Congestion - Information Theory (Information Research)
Finding information on the internet is a skill. Finding information ...
-64 The Multiplication of Information Effect. - Information Theory (Information Research)
Just as the internet permits a multitude of voices and perspectives, ...
-65 Getting the Best from the Internet (Information Research)
A search for information on the internet is not essentially ...
-66 Know Where to Look - Getting the Best from the Internet (Information Research)
Let's look at information itself. Information passes from producer, ...
-67 Multiple Windows - Getting the Best from the Internet (Information Research)
Make your browser work for you. All browsers allow you to open ...
-68 Launch Pages - Getting the Best from the Internet (Information Research)
Bookmarks are a fine tool for beginners to build. It is not, however,...
-69 Searching is Art part 1 (Information Research)
Pharaoh: There is mutiny afoot. I must kill these insolent heretics....
-70 Searching is Art part 2 (Information Research)
A couple of side ...
-71 The Last Word. - Searching is Art (Information Research)









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