Sujet: Web Research Guide part 10: Become an expert
De: "Elsevier, Sandra de Gelder"
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 19:35:35 +0200 (CEST)

Web Research Guide part 10: Become an expert

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Top 5 tips from the Web Research Guide
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Keep track of the latest news
Tools for academic research online
Academic publishing on the Web
Book tips


Dear MR chapuis,
The final part of the Web Research Guide presents a summary of the tips that have been most used by other researchers, as well as a collection of links that will enable you to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in web research. You can also explore specialist links or use the book tips for more detailed suggestions.

The Web Research Guide will remain available online. If you bookmark you can always find back the tips and resources you received via email during the last ten weeks.

Tip: The top 5 tips from the Web Research Guide

Based on the the feedback received from researchers following the Web Research Guide, the list below provides links to the tips that were seen as most useful:

  1. is a freely accessible Web site which enables you to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology.
    See the Web Research Guide part 8.
  2. Make a ScienceDirect subject-specific search alert.
    The ScienceDirect subject specific alert service is the easy way to keep track of the latest articles in your subject area.
    See the Web Research Guide part 3.
  3. Think like an author when you use Google.
    Improve your search technique by anticipating the way that an author would write about the information you need to find.
    See the Web Research Guide part 1.
  4. Search for conferences with Scirus.
    Scirus, the search engine for scientific information, allows you to search specifically for conferences in your subject area.
    See the Web Research Guide part 2.
  5. Visual Thesaurus.
    If you need inspiration developing your list of search terms, try the Visual Thesaurus. See the Web Research guide part 1.

Tip: Subscribe to newsletters to receive the latest Web research news and techniques

Scirus, the search engine for science, produces a newsletter to keep you up-to-date with the latest news on science-specific searching.

The ScienceDirect newsletter, SD Connect, is the easiest way to keep track of all the latest ScienceDirect updates and news. This is a convenient way to learn how to use the latest ScienceDirect functionality to make your Web research more effective.
Pandia is a well-established resource providing a huge range of tips, tutorials and links to help you with your Web research.

The Search Engine Report
This is a free, monthly newsletter from Search Engine Watch that recaps top news stories about search engines.

Useful resources

Keep track of the latest news and opinions from the experts

Search engine showdown is a highly-regarded resource for the the latest news on search engine developments and Web research techniques.

It is also useful to follow the latest opinions and discoveries posted to mailing lists devoted to Web research and search engine developments. See the popular Google Group,, for more.

For more information on Google Groups specifically covering particular scientific subjects, which offer researchers a convenient way to follow the latest postings from their academic peers, see: Web Research Guide part 2.

Tools specifically designed for academic research online

NoodleTools is a suite of interactive tools designed to aid researchers with their Web research. From selecting a search engine and finding relevant sources, to citing those sources in MLA or APA style, NoodleTools offers a convenient way to make your time online more effective. For more, see:

Discover more about academic publishing on the Web

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography lists selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources. This is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to explore the issues involved in scholarly electronic publishing on the Web. See:

Tip: Books

If you are still looking for more information on the subject of "online
research", there are many books available. Check on- or offline bookshops for suggestions. Here are some tips from the editorial board:

Finally: The Web Research Guide Editorial Board kindly wants to thank you for your interest and hopes you have benefited from the offered tips. We wish you a very efficient research future.
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About the Web Research Guide
The guide consists of ten weekly emails focused on specific areas of web research. Each email is illustrated with subject-specific examples so that you can start using the research tips immediately. The tips cover a broad range of topics, from finding hidden information online, to locating expert directories and setting up subject-specific alerts of the latest news. The Web Research guide includes contributions from research scientists, information professionals and search engine specialists.

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