UKeiG Training: Essential non-Google search tools

Karen Blakeman

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Tue, 12th Apr 2016 -
9:30am to 4:30pm

Having problems with Google? Suspect you are not seeing the whole picture? There are times when Google is the worst possible tool for researching a project, and there really are alternative tools and strategies that can give better results. Karen Blakeman will take you through the options for carrying out research using alternatives to Google for general web search, and specialist tools for subject areas and different types of information.

“Her knowledge is fantastic”

“Really good day… learned a lot”

Who should attend?
This workshop is for anyone who wants to explore alternatives to Google and ensure that they are finding the most relevant information for their query. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and the strategies covered can be applied to all subject areas.

CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB)
3.   Using and Exploiting Knowledge and Information: 3.3 Information retrieval
12. IT and Communication: 12.2 Library, information and knowledge technologies

Note: This is a revised and updated version of UKeiG’s earlier course ‘Anything but Google’.


Topics include:

  • Alternative web search tools – features, strengths and weaknesses
  • Specialist tools for research papers, scientific and technical information, business information
  • Official information
  • Statistics and open data
  • Image search tools
  • Video, news, alerts and current awareness
  • The role of social media and professional networks
  • Web archives

There will be time to experiment and try out the techniques for yourself and Karen will be on hand to help and advise you. Exercises are provided to help you test out the tools and search features, but you are free to explore and try out your own searches. 


  • Karen Blakeman


    Karen Blakeman is an independent consultant providing organisations of all types with training and advice on how to search for and manage information more effectively. Prior to setting up her company RBA Information Services Karen worked as a microbiologist, then in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, and for the international management consultancy group Strategic Planning Associates. Karen’s website is at and her blog can be found at

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