Research on the Internet
for consultants


Lonnie Turbee

This paper was created for the Professional Consultants Association of Syracuse, New York, and is found in hyperlinked (and colorful!) format at:  http://www.dyvic.com/~lonnie/PCA1.html

Internet applications for research

Clients

A client program resides on your own computer.  It gives you access to data that is on a server (computer) that is running server software.

Clients you know and love:

  • Web browsers: Netscape, Internet Explorer
  • Mail programs:  Eudora, Pine, Juno, Hotmail, AOL
  • Others you may want to use:

    Servers

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    A web search tutorial

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    The Internet and your business

    Doing research for your business needs

    Let's answer this sample question (see Berkeley's search strategy):
    What sites should we bookmark for use in our consulting business?
    1. Analyze the topic.
      • Narrow it down:  What is the latest in lean manufacturing / JIT?
      • Determine what terms to search for:  JIT, "just in time", "lean manufacturing"
    2. Start with meta-search engines like Dogpile or Inference Find, then browse using the find function in your browser.
    3. Use other search options like AltaVista Advanced and Hotbot.  Narrow your search:  "just in time" packaging
    4. Use "webliographies" (links on your subject): try keyword search that includes the word "links" or phrases like "list of links", "my favorite websites", "my favorite links", "bookmarks", etc.  Also try sites listed in the Berkeley tutorial such as Librarian's Index to the Internet
    5. Try a search tool dedicated to your subject.  Start with Berkeley's suggestions, such as looking up your subject in the Internet Sleuth.
    6. Go beyond general world wide web searching: discussion forums, web boards, chat environments, libraries, etc.

    Answers to questions from members of the Professional Consultants Association of Syracuse, NY:

    Click here.

    Assessing your business's Internet use

    My favorite small business sites on the web

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    Action steps

    1. Take the UC Berkeley tutorial
    2. Assess your business's Internet use
    3. Put up a website
    4. Check your email every day
    5. Market with your email and web addresses
    6. Market with your Internet-based research (make your own "webliography"!)
    7. Get educated.  See my Resource Guide for Distance Education
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    Last updated 12/1/00
    Lonnie Turbee