Information Search

1. Secondary Sources
    • Library Catalog
      Online library catalog helps you look for the right books quickly
    • Periodical Indices
      Helps look for the right periodicals in the library
    • Newspaper Indices
    • Abstract Indexes
      Search the abstract before digging into detail of academic articles
    • Company Documents
      Best way to know every little detail of a company, especially the Annual Report where important information like financial status can be found
    • Encyclopaedias, Directories, and Almanacs
      Contains facts of a wide range of disciplines
    • Internet
      Probably the most powerful information gathering platform ever. With the use of search engine you find anything on the Net.

      A list of Internet Search Engines

Purpose

Sites

Popular online search engines

Yahoo.com, Excite.com, Google.com, AltaVista.com, Lycos.com, alltheweb.com, Ask Jeeves, and HotBot.com

Meta-search engines (multithreaded engines that search several major engines at once)

MetaCrawler.com, Dogpile.com, and Vivisimo.com

Specialty search engines

Findlaw.com focuses on legal resources. Achoo.com lets you access health and medical sites

Broad academic searches

Librarians’ Index to the Internet (http://Lii.org)
Google Scholar

Business search engines

ZDNet.com, EarthLink.net, Business Week Online (http://www.businessweek.com), and AbusinessResource.com

Government search sites

Local government sites
Google’s Uncle Sam (http://www.google.com/unclesam)

International search sites

Search Engine Colossus, Abyz News Links (International newspapers and magazines)

Multipurpose search engines

AllSearchEngine.com gives a one-stop search site for everything

Source: Gerson and Gerson (2009:31)

2. Primary Sources

Get first-hand information by performing the following:

  • Personal Knowledge
  • Observation
  • Interviews
  • Tests
  • Surveys

Sources:
Gerson, S., & Gerson, S. 2009. Technical writing: process and product. (6th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Reep, D. C. 2009. Technical Writing: Principles, strategies, and readings. (7th ed.). New York: Longman.