The researcher’s toolkit
We all have our favourite tools for the job. If you want to find reliable information quickly and easily, your research toolkit needs to include alerting tools, a range of search engines, value added information providers and some desktop tools for storing and finding your favourite sites.
Alerting services for staying up to date
Beyond reading your daily newspaper, make sure your toolkit includes some good sources to keep you up to date with news and issues affecting your business practices, industry, clients, suppliers or competitors in your market place.
There isn’t one recommended tool for this job – you may prefer reading hard copy industry magazines, scanning RSS feeds from blogs and industry sources, or subscribing to email updates from trusted commentators.
Value added information providers
Your specialist field will dictate which value added sources you need to have in your toolkit. As a starting guide, LexisNexis, Factiva and Dialog have extensive coverage of business and industry information from tens of thousands authoritative sources from around the world.
The essential desktop tools for managing your online sources include a search engine toolbar and a good blog reader. My Yahoo! is a very good all in one tool that combines a blog reader and online bookmarking, where you can make notes about your favourite websites.