6.1. Power-User Hints for Using iResearch Reporter 

Power-User Hints for Using iResearch Reporter

Here's "How to do it good":

  1. Use "regular" natural language words in your searches. Don't worry about synonyms, word forms, commands, and complex logic conditions. iResearch Reporter takes care of all that.
  2. Use few words and search for general topics. You'll do just fine with 3 - 5 or so words; just describe the general topic. iResearch Reporter identifies the major content points, issues, and people. Trust it.
  3. iResearch Reporter works best when it finds a sizeable group of documents. It examines full text of all found documents for its analysis. It can't work with just 3 or 4 documents that zero in on a tiny sub-topic or specific information content. It needs 10 - 20 or more documents to come up with a good consensus of information report.
  4. Start browsing the report text and interesting links as soon as you get a report that "looks good." You'll immediately start absorbing information as you browse, and learning about the topic in-depth. With that quick buildup of background information, you can easily get into the specific, pin-point searching with Google, if you think you need to do that.
  5. Quickly start building your notes by liberally of "Copy & Paste" with any editor. Also build a list of good source links by using your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites tool.
  6. Always follow potentially interesting links to quickly check out original source documents and their full text. It takes just a moment to identify useful material. You needn't spent a lot of time on that first inspection. Just use Copy & Paste, or Bookmarks, so you can come back later. Once you've located the information, come back later to learn about your topic and the fine points in depth!
  7. Second Generation Links - Be sure to follow interesting links from the original source documents to their information sources. That's where you're going to learn more and more and more. You're also going to learn enough just getting there, to be better able to understand it.
  8. "False drops" - if something looks "off-point" or irrelevant, immediately skip past it. The English language lends itself to errors and illogic from simple analysis of words and terms. If "that's not exactly what I meant," no sweat, just skip it! Then, simply follow something else that does look interesting.
  9. You'll "be an expert" in 20 or 30 minutes! Really. Now that you know what you're doing, you will be effective searching for specifics with Google or your other search engine.

You're going to save HOURS of your research time and work!