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UKeiG CPD: Navigating the Deep Web: advanced search strategies for researchers
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UKeiG CPD: Navigating the Deep Web: advanced search strategies for researchers

Sorry this course IS NOW FULL and will be repeated on 25th June 2019 (See below for details and link).

When: Friday 12th April 2019
From 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
Where: CILIP Headquarters, London
7 Ridgmount Street
London WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom
Presenter: Karen Blakeman
Contact: Gary Horrocks

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UKeiG CPD Course: Navigating the Deep Web: advanced search strategies for researchers

Friday, 12 April 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Sorry this course IS NOW FULL and will be repeated on 25th June 2019 (Bookings Open Now)

“I’m getting nowhere with my research. I keep coming up with same old rubbish again and again. What am I doing wrong?” A significant volume of high quality, valuable information cannot be found by using standard search engines. Google and Bing only retrieve about 1% of the information available on the Internet, and relevant content is often buried so far down the results lists that you may never retrieve it. On other occasions the information may vanish completely. Organisations may deliberately attempt to hide data and compromising public documents. There may be restrictions on what you can access depending on your location, and legislation can limit what the search engines can show you. This workshop will explore the tools that can help surface deep (hidden) web information. It will also address advanced search strategies, current developments in search engine technology and different approaches to tackling research. NB This course IS NOW FULL and will be repeated on 25th June 2019 (Bookings Open Now)


Who should attend?

Any library and information professional responsible for research support who needs to update their knowledge in this fast-moving area. The techniques and strategies covered in the workshop are applicable to all sectors and subjects including legal, academic, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, business, industry R&D and education.


Previous delegate feedback

“The trainer has extensive knowledge of the subject and great teaching skills. The content is highly informative and presented in a dynamic and engaging style.”

“An excellent course from an excellent presenter!”

“A relevant, state of the art course; varied and interesting; effective and engaging.”

Course outline and topics

The way search engines now operate with regulatory requirements and disappearing information (both deliberate and accidental), make it increasingly difficult to find essential and reliable information on the web.

Topics covered include:

  • Why general search engines miss or ignore information
  • The impact of the “right to be forgotten” and other legislation
  • How to use advanced search commands to surface hard to find web resources
  • Specialist search tools for the deep web
  • Strategies for retrieving high quality information, including data sets, scholarly literature, official publications, news, multi-media and image resources
  • Tools to surface valuable social media content
  • What is the dark web, and can it be legitimately used for research?

By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding and awareness of current search engine trends and developments and the confidence to refresh and adapt your research skills and techniques.

Further information about course content is available from Karen Blakeman at

Related knowledge and skills (See PSKB categories)

 Research skills - IT & Communication - Exploiting knowledge & Information 


Karen Blakeman

Karen Blakeman is an experienced online researcher and trainer and provides training and consultancy on how to use the web and social media as research tools, and how to identify and assess the quality of resources. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and a freelance researcher, providing a range of services including due diligence. Past and present clients include academia, investment and financial services companies, organisations in the food industry, pharmaceutical companies, trade/professional bodies, public libraries, and local and central government. Her website is at , twitter @Karen Blakeman

Ticket Information

Cost (including lunch, refreshments and course documentation): UKeiG/CILIP members £180 + VAT; others £220 + VAT. Credit and dedbit cards are the preferred method of payment, or you can request an invoice using the online booking form. 

UKeiG accepts bookings through the 'Book Now' link provided on this page. If you request an invoice online one will be emailed to you in advance of the course. Cancellations received less than 7 working days before the start of the course will be subject to the full fee. For non-attendance at a course there will be no refunds and the full fee will be payable. Substitutions may be made at any time without additional cost.

A cancellation fee of £25.00 + VAT is payable.

UKeiG reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient bookings have been received. Delegates will be offered an alternative date or a full refund of the course fee. We advise all delegates not to make any firm travel arrangements until we have contacted to you with further details of the event. UKeiG will not be liable for any consequential loss of travel or accommodation fees due to cancellation of the course.

UKeiG reserves the right to make changes to the programme. 

If you require information about booking and payment please contact Gary Horrocks at

Venue Details

CILIP Head Office

7 Ridgmount Street

London WC1E 7AE

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