We all agree that Google is the single most important source of information these days. Sometimes, however, it could be a good idea to go beyond the websites that big G will show you for specific terms and search queries.
There is an interesting article on CIO.com covering exactly this topic. The article is titled “Six Techniques to Get More from the Web than Google Will Tell You,” and it lists sources and tips that you can use to find specific information or to complement your researches. The six tips are:
- Use search engines and Wikipedia to find quality research sources
- Search blogs for specialized experts who sift through the Web for you
- Study business school websites
- Find statistical data on government sources
- Research trade groups and online publications for current topics and best practices
- Visit the library for more research sources and online data
Now, you might ask yourself, isn’t Google supposed to find all the stuff on blogs, business school websites and governmental portals anyway? The answer is yes, but these websites will not necessarily appear in the first page of Google, and people rarely go beyond these initial results.
That is why it might be a good idea to explore some of these sources directly.