On the first stage of online research the main tool for research was search engines and lists of directories. At current time we use Web research (online research, internete research, e-research ) or Web clipping tools or note taking tools when browsing websites.
When we research we use a search process in two modes:
- Web search
- Search in collected and saved information by using Web research tool.
I do not use Google directly. Most of information I retrieve using a pair of tools – Google Alert and Google mail. I use about 40 queries in Google Alert.
Other tool is RSS – I use Bloglines and more than 50 RSS feeds.
Iuse seach in social bookmarking tools as well. But I save bookmarks only sometimes. There is a question of security and theref ore the best way is save your important info in different ways.
You know that Magnolia has crashed on 31 January, 2009.
But in the beginning of the research or when I am interested in more detail information I use different search engines:
Quintura, Kartoo, Vivisimo, Cluis,
Lexxe, hakia, Powerset (now Microsoft Live search),
ask.com, ask500people.com and other.
You can find a large list of search engines in “1000 Web 2.0 sites” .
This site includes lists of websites for different needs:
- social bookmarking 2.0,
- blogging 2.0
- RSS 2.0
- collaboration 2.0
- audio, images, video 2.0
- communication 2.0
- elearning 2.0
- knowledge 2.0
- projects 2.0
- marketing 2.0
- office 2.0 and more categories
But they lack a category of Web research or Web clipping.