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Find It Fast: How to Uncover Expert Information on Any Subject

by Robert I. Berkman

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"Go beyond Google to mine big data and social media. Author Robert Berkman gives expert advice on how to search the internet to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the professionals behind those sources, and how to combine these techniques to complete an information search on any subject. This fully updated 6th edition includes how to search beyond Google, leveraging big data in the search process, and how to search the social web. Readers will also find expert advice on how to know if a site is a trusted source; understanding how and why sources differ; using precision search strategies and taming information overload; and finding, evaluating, and identifying experts. Whether it's consumer advice, information for a job or project, facts for starting a new business, or answers to questions on obscure topics, Find It Fast is the perfect resource for learning to hone one's internet searching skills"--… (more)

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Great tricks and tips for people wanting to get more out of their internet searches.
As a reference librarian I found it extremely helpful, particularly in the area of social media navigation. ( )
  Jaron_TheBookBaron | Apr 26, 2019 |
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This is a hard one for me to review. When I started, I thought my occupation would require a ton of reference work, but I took a hard left. I did not read every word—it is a reference book—but I read enough to be impressed with the exhaustive (exhausting?) amount of information.

This will stay on my shelf—pretty high praise. When I'm not sure how to find something, it will be my go-to reference. ( )
  bsiemens | Dec 3, 2017 |
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Good asset for researchers needing to identify sources beyond their normal favorites. Cover both online and offline library resources that should be available most places. Recommended reference book for anyone embarking on a research project where they need a little extra help to get started. ( )
  BookWallah | Apr 23, 2016 |
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somewhat interesting book but not what I expected but still very useful ( )
  virg144 | Mar 23, 2016 |
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I'm a Systems Librarian, but for a 6-month period in 2015 I temporarily managed the research team in my library. It was around the end of this period that this new edition of Find It Fast came across my desk and I can assure you that the resources listed in this book -- many of with which I wasn't familiar before managing the research team -- are valuable, reliable, and indispensable.

I was a little apprehensive after reading acknowledgements at the front of the book and discovering that the previous edition was released in the year 2000, well before many new online research tools and platforms became available. I worried, for instance, that the author would have a bias towards print and dismiss research in social media. Or that he would take the opposite tack and obsess over online tools at the expense of print resources, which can sometimes provide information that you just won't find elsewhere.

I'm to say that the author remains agnostic about sources of information and defends the importance of libraries just as much as he defends the importance of Twitter. Where you get the information isn't as important as uncovering it, making sure it is authoritative, and taking into consideration any biases of the source -- all topics which are covered very well in this book.

If I have one complaint it is that the URLs for the sources mentioned are only listed at the end of the chapter in which they're mentioned, and not alongside their description in the text. Many times, this has actually proven useful because I just want to scan through the list of URLs to find what I'm looking for. At other times, however, I found myself reading source descriptions and having to constantly having to flip to the end of the chapter to get the URL to go have a look for myself.

If you do research, particularly if you're new to research as I was, I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  thebookpile | Mar 23, 2016 |
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Author Robert Berkman gives expert advice on how to search the internet to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the professionals behind those sources, and how to combine these techniques to complete an information search on any subject. This fully updated 6th edition includes how to search beyond Google, leveraging big data in the search process, and how to search the social web. Readers will also find expert advice on how to know if a site is a trusted source; understanding how and why sources differ; using precision search strategies and taming information overload; and finding, evaluating, and identifying experts.

Whether it’s consumer advice, information for a job or project, facts for starting a new business, or answers to questions on obscure topics, Find It Fast is the perfect resource for learning to hone one’s internet searching skills.
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