Super Searchers Cover the WorldSuper Searchers Make It On Their Own:
Top Independent Information Professionals Share Their Secrets for Starting and Running a Research Business
By Suzanne Sabroski; Edited by Reva Basch

About the Author • About the Editor

Entrepreneurial Research Resources


1. 10K Wizard •
Search tool for information available to the public via the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) system, including keyword searches on up-to-the-minute SEC filings. 

2. 80-20 Retriever •
Software to organize and search files, including email, on personal computers and enterprise-wide systems.

3. ABI Inform •
Commercial database consisting of business and management literature 
covering hundreds of industries around the world. 

4. •
A subject-based guide to the Internet, with content selected and written by individual subject experts.

5. Adobe Acrobat •
Software that allows users to view, print, and create Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. 

6. Allaire's HomeSite •
Macromedia's HTML editor that allows users to build and maintain Web sites.

7. AllNetReseach •
Part of the network, a complete marketplace for Internet research reports, newsletters, directories, and databases.

8. AltaVista •
A leading search engine among Web users and provider of high-powered search software to intranet, enterprise, and e-commerce clients.

9. AOL—America Online •
A leading Internet service and content provider. 

10. Arizona State University College of Engineering and Applied Science •
General information about the university and the college.

11. Ask Jeeves •
A natural language search engine providing links to relevant Web sites.

12. Bitpipe •
A leading syndicator of in-depth information technology (IT) content. 

13. BRB Publications, Inc. •
Publisher of sourcebooks and news used by public records researchers.

14. British Medical Journal •
Journal Web site with full text medical articles and archival searching.

15. BRS •
Formerly BRS Online, BRS/Search is now part of Open Text's LiveLink Intranet product.

16. BullsEye •
A Windows-based application to find, track, and manage relevant information on the Web. 

17. •
A comprehensive Web directory and search engine that focuses exclusively on business. 

18. Calendar Creator •
Windows-based software program for creating customized calendars.

19. Call Notes •
Voice mail management system offered through Southwestern Bell.

20. CDB InfoTek •
Provider of search tools and access to county, state, and federal public records information.

21. CEO Express •
A business news and information portal designed by and for company executives.

22. Chemical Abstracts •
Producer of the world's largest and most comprehensive databases of chemical information.

23. ChoicePoint •
Provider of decision-making intelligence to businesses and government, including public records information.

24. Chris Olson and Associates •
A full-service marketing firm that specializes in promoting the services and products of information service professionals.

25. CompuServe •
An early Internet Service Provider, offering a wide range of Internet services today.

26. Computers, Freedom and Privacy •
Annual conference exploring the role of computers in society.

27. Corporate Information •
Business portal offering company, industry, country, and state searching.

28. CorpTech •
The CorpTech database is now being marketed as OneSource CorpTech Profiles. It covers more than 50,000 U.S. high-tech companies.

29. Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) •
Database serving as an authoritative source of information for the professional literature of nursing, allied health, biomedicine, and health care. 

30. DataStar •
Europe's leading online database service, providing access to more than 350 databases with worldwide coverage; part of the Dialog Corporation, a Thomson company.

31. DBT •
See ChoicePoint.

32. Delphi •
An early Internet service provider, now focusing on development for forum communities.

33. Delphion Intellectual Property Network •
A Web site for searching, exploring, analyzing, and tracking patents and related information. 

34. Derwent •
Provider of value-added patent and scientific information.

35. Dialog •
A Thomson company, offering more than 600 industry databases with specialized indexing software.

36. Directsearch •
A growing compilation of links to the search interfaces of resources that contain data not easily or entirely searchable/accessible via general search tools. 

37. Disclosure •
Information on companies publicly traded on U.S. exchanges, including annual reports, SEC filings, stock price data, earnings estimates, and research reports. 

38. Dow Jones Business Directory •
Business portal for Internet resources selected by Dow Jones Interactive staff.

39. Dow Jones Interactive (see also Factiva) •
A customizable, enterprise-wide business news and research solution, including content from Dow Jones & Reuters newswires, business journals, market research reports, analyst reports, and Web sites. 

40. Dun & Bradstreet •
A leading provider of business information for credit, marketing, purchasing, and receivables management decisions worldwide. 

41. eContent Expo •
Produced by Online Inc., a conference for people, companies, products, and issues in the electronic content industry. 

42. Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) •
A national information system designed to provide ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. 

43. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) •
A donor-supported membership organization founded to protect individual rights regardless of technology.

44. EudoraPro •
Windows-based email management software.

45. Factiva •
Provider of Web-based global business information from more than 8,000 sources; producer of Dow Jones Interactive.

46. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) •
U.S. government agency charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. 

47. First Call •
A Thomson Financial company, providing real-time, commingled equity and fixed income research, corporate news, quantitative, and shareholdings data. 

48. FirstGov •
A public-private Internet partnership connecting the world to extensive U.S. government information and services. 

49. FreeEdgar •
Offers the individual user easy, basic access to SEC EDGAR filings.

50. Gale Group •
Publisher of reference books, CD-ROMs, and Internet-delivered products to serve the information needs of students, businesspeople, and other researchers.

51. GDSourcing •
A reference point for Canadian statistics and an official distributor of Statistics Canada products.

52. Gnutella •
A Web-based file-sharing network.

53. Google •
General search engine with broad Internet coverage.

54. Google Web Directory •
Search directory for the Internet arranged by topic.

55. Grateful Med •
Search tool for MEDLINE using the retrieval engine of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed system. 

56. Hoover's •
Company profile and business news portal, offering in-depth reports with subscription. 

57. HotBot •
General Internet search engine.

58. Index Medicus •
International indexing system to provide access to the world's biomedical journal literature.

59. •
Personalized general news subscription site. 

60. Industry Week •
Daily news and information portal, with specific industry news options.

61. InformIT •
An information technology portal with customizing options. 

62. InfoUSA •
Verified business profile information provider, specializing in customized mailing lists.

63. Intelliscope •
Customized reports and current business news and expert analysis for subscribers.

64. International Market Research Mall (IMR Mall) •
Specialized access to search, select, buy, and view full-text market research reports online.

65. Internet Lawyer •
Research and information portal for the legal profession.

66. Knowledge Express •
Business development and competitive intelligence for organizations involved with science/technology research and new inventions. 

67. KnowX •
Web-based public records information provider.

68. Law Seminars International •
Professional education programs focusing on the risks and opportunities created by current and emerging legal issues for lawyers, executives, and government officials.

69. LexisNexis •
Major online information provider of legal information (Lexis) and specialized business and news databases (Nexis). 

70. Librarians' Index to the Internet •
A searchable, annotated subject directory of Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians. 

71. Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) •
Scholarly information clearinghouse covering the library and information science field.

72. LLRX •
Web journal dedicated to providing legal professionals with information on a wide range of Internet legal research and technology-related issues.

73. LookSmart •
A Web-based directory for business listings around the world.

74. Lycos •
General Internet search engine.

75. Maricopa Community College District •
General Web page of Maricopa Community College.

76. MarketResearch •
Search and information portal for buying market research reports.

77. MD Express •
Portal for physicians and health professionals that provides links to medical search engines, professional associations, education resources, health statistics, office tools, business news, and more.

78. Medical Data International •
Provider of compliance, coding, reimbursement, and market and technology intelligence for the worldwide healthcare industry. 

79. Medical Subject Headings (MESH) •
U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) controlled vocabulary terminology source.

U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database, containing more than 11 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. 

81. Metacrawler •
Web directory and search engine with capability to search multiple search engines at once.

82. Mighty Words •
Web-based digital document distribution network. 

83. MindBranch •
Market research clearinghouse offering reports and other information from a variety of publishers. 

84. Multex •
A global provider of investment information and technology solutions for the financial services industry.

85. Napster •
Web-based music file sharing network; no longer available.

86. National Library of Medicine •
Official medical library of the United States.

87. National Online Meeting •
2000 North America's largest electronic information conference and exhibition sponsored by Information Today; now part of InfoToday 2002.

88. Neat New Stuff •
Weekly reviews of new sites and developments by "librarian without walls" Marylaine Block.

89. Northern Light •
A research engine covering both free and fee-based Web resources.

90. Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs) •
Searchable library catalogs available through the Internet.

91. Online World •
Former online industry trade show sponsored by Online, Inc. Last held in September 2000.

92. Orbit •
Online database information provider in the areas of intellectual property, 
scientific research, and international business.

93. Pacer •
Public records information provider offering U.S. party/case indexing.

94. Paintshop Pro •
Windows-based program for graphics management and capturing screenshots.

— See

96. Paul & Sarah Edwards: Working from Home •
Web site of work-at-home experts Paul and Sarah Edwards.

97. PowerMarks •
Bookmark manager and personal search engine for the Internet.

98. PR Newswire •
Newswire service for press releases and company news.

99. Price's List of Lists •
Clearinghouse for lists of information on the Internet, including rankings of people, organizations, and companies. Compiled by Gary Price.

100. Profound •
Online business information service for end-users and professional searchers.

101. Psychiatry-Online •
A fee-based consulting service that provides individuals with access 
to psychiatrists online.

102. PubMed •
A digital archive of life sciences journal literature managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

103. Query Server •
A meta-search tool that broadcasts a single query across a set of Web-enabled search engines. 

104. QuickBooks / QuickBooks Pro •
Accounting and financial management software for small businesses.

105. Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature •
An index to general-interest periodicals and magazines.

106. Reference Manager •
Software for Internet reference searching, database management, and bibliography development.

107. Research Bank / Investext •
A comprehensive collection of market research analyst reports on the Web. 

108. ResearchBuzz •
Web site devoted to Internet research news and information. 

109. Robot Wisdom Weblog •
Weblog providing links to obscure Web sites.

110. Salomon Smith Barney •
Subscription site for financial services and portfolio management.

111. The Scout Report •
Weekly news of Internet resources; professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource.

112. Search Adobe PDF Online •
Search tool for locating Adobe PDF files.

113. SearchDay •
Chris Sherman's daily column featuring news and analysis of search engine technologies.

114. Search Engine Watch •
Danny Sullivan's Web site devoted to trends and developments on the search engine front.

115. Sears List of Subject Headings •
Authoritative listing of subject headings for cataloging materials in libraries. 

116. Sherlock •
Specialized search tool for the Apple Macintosh system.

117. Slashdot •
Offbeat "news for nerds and stuff that matters," featuring articles, interviews, and online discussion forums. 

118. Small Business Administration (SBA) •
U.S. government agency charged with small business development and regulation.

119. Standard & Poor's •
In-depth opinions and analyses on global equities, fixed-income credit ratings, risk management, and market developments.

120. Stat-USA •
Offers CD-ROM and Internet access to international trade and business information. 

121. STN •
Online information for a broad range of scientific fields, including chemistry, engineering, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, regulatory compliance, patents, and business.

122. •
Subscription-based information service to assess values of individual patents and company patent portfolios.

123. Superior Information Services •
Online search service for public records data.

124. SurfWax •
Innovative meta-search engine featuring real-time page summaries.

125. Thomson & Thomson •
Online search service specializing in trademark and copyright searches.

126. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) •
Federal law designed to simplify, clarify, and modernize the law governing commercial transactions; filings are public record.

127. Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) •
A proposed state contract law designed to standardize the licensing of software and all other forms of digital information. 

128. Usenet  •
Wide-ranging Internet-based discussion groups; searchable and browsable. 

129. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) •
U.S. government agency charged with regulation and recording of all patents and patent applications.

130. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) •
U.S. government agency charged with regulation of publicly traded companies and their stocks and other investment instruments.

131. •
An employment and career information portal, offering specific industry and company news and profiles.

132. Venture Source •
Online database of focused research on the venture capital industry. 

133. Verizon •
Telecommunications provider; formerly GTE and Bell Atlantic.

134. Virtual Acquisition Shelf •
Gary Price's weekly updates of resources and news for information professionals and researchers.

135. Vivisimo •
Search engine technology available for licensing for use on the Web, an extranet, or an intranet.

136. Wall Street Journal •
Online version of daily newspaper, available by subscription.

137. Wall Street Research Net •
Up-to-date customized market and company news.

138. WebCrawler •
General Internet directory and search engine.

139. Web Search University •
Conference launched in 2001 by Online, Inc. Focused on the specifics of the latest news and developments in Web searching.

140. WIRED •
Technology-oriented news and information for Web users.

141. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) •
An international organization dedicated to protecting intellectual property through legislation, regulation, and standardization. 

142. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  •
Organization that develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to promote the Web as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

143. World Wide Web Virtual Library •
Subject-based, decentralized Internet directory.

144. WS-FTP •
Windows application used to transfer files between a local PC and a remote computer on the Internet. 

145. Yahoo! •
General Internet search engine and subject directory. 


146. AIIP-L •
— Available to AIIP members only

147. The Airline List
— To subscribe, send email to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.CUNY.EDU

— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe buslib-l firstname lastname

149. Chemical Information Listserv (CHMINF-L) •

150. Free Pint
— To subscribe, send email to:
Monthly news and developments in Internet information research.

151. LIMS (Environmental regulation of laboratories list)
To subscribe, send email to:

— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
SUBSCRIBE MEDLIB-L firstname lastname

153. New Business Development •
A public discussion list for sharing new business development ideas.

154. Nua Internet Surveys  •
Weekly newsletter containing news on Internet trends and statistics.

155. Patent Information Users Group •

156. PRSPCT-L •
Discussion list for Internet fundraising prospect researchers.

157. SLA Business & Finance Division
— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe SLABF-L firstname lastname

158. SLA Law Librarians Division
To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe SLA-LAW firstname lastname

159. SLA News Division
— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe NEWSLIB firstname lastname

160. SLA Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Division
— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe SLA-DPHM firstname lastname

161. SLA Solo Librarians Division
— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe SOLOLIB-L firstname lastname

162. SLA Toronto
— To subscribe, send email to:
In message body type:
Subscribe SLA-CTOR firstname lastname

163. Wall Street Journal daily alerts •
Customized news coverage available to subscribers.

164. Web Search Newsletter
— To subscribe, fill out form on Newsletter page at
Weekly news on Web research and search engines from


165. Aero Club of Washington •

166. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) •

167. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) •

168. Arizona Software and Internet Association (ASIA) •

169. Arizona State University •

170. Arizona Telecommunications & Information Council (ATIC) •

171. Association of Consulting Chemists & Chemical Engineers (ACC&CE) •

172. Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) •

173. Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) •

174. Biotechnology Industry Cluster •

175. California Association of Licensed Investigators •

176. Canadian Library Association (CLA) •

177. Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) •

178. Dallas Association of Law Librarians •

179. Dayton Chamber of Commerce •

180. E-Healthcare World •

181. Environmental Technology Industry Cluster •

182. Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) •

183. Fast Company •

184. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) •

185. Global Arizona E-Learning •

186. Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development (GSPED) •

187. High Tech Industry Cluster •

188. IHS—Emerging Medical Technologies  •

189. International Aviation Club of Washington DC •

190. Medical Library Association (MLA) •

191. Medical Marketing Association •

192. Medtech Insight •

193. National Air Transportation Association (NATA) •

194. National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) •

195. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) •

196. Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN) •

197. Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) •

198. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) •

199. Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) •

200. Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) •

201. Special Libraries Association (SLA) •

202. Tech Oasis •

203. United States Department of Transportation (DOT) •


204. African Aviation
African Aviation Services Limited, UK, monthly

205. Airport Business
Cygnus Business Media, Janesville, WI, 9x/year

206. Aviation Week
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, weekly

207. Business 2.0
Imagine Media, Brisbane, CA, monthly

208. Business & Commercial Aviation
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, monthly

209. Business Week
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, weekly

210. CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research
Bibliodata, Needham Heights, MA, monthly

211. The Economist
Economist, New York, NY, weekly

212. EContent
Online Inc., Wilton, CT, bimonthly (archives)

213. Financial Times
Financial Times, New York, NY, daily

214. The Globe and Mail
Bell Globemedia, Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada, daily

215. Information Advisor
Find/SVP, New York, NY, monthly

216. Information Outlook 
Special Libraries Association, Washington DC, monthly

217. Information Today
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, monthly

218. Library Journal
American Library Association, Washington DC, monthly

219. New York Times
The New York Times Company, New York, NY, daily

220. Online
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ

221. Regional Airline World
Shephard Press Limited, UK, monthly

222. Santa Rosa Business Journal
Regional news for Santa Rosa, California.

223. Searcher
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 10x/year

224. Women in Management
Ivey Publishing, University of Western Ontario, quarterly


225. Encyclopedia of Associations
Gale Research, Detroit, MI, annual

226. Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live
By Daniel H. Pink
Warner Books, New York, NY, 2001

227. Growing a Business
By Paul Hawken
Simon and Schuster, New York, NY 1987

228. How to Avoid Liability: The Information Professional's Guide to Negligence and Warranty Risks
By T.R. Halvorson
Burwell Enterprises, Dallas, TX 1998

229. Information Brokering: A How-To-Do-It-Manual
By Florence Mason and Chris Dobson
Neal-Schuman, New York, NY 1998

230. The Information Broker's Handbook (3rd Edition) and Information Broker's Seminar
By Sue Rugge and Alfred Glossbrenner 
Windcrest/McGraw-Hill, New York, NY 1997
Out of print

231. Information Brokers: How to Start and Operate Your Own Fee-Based Service
By Kelly Warnken
Out of print

232. The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See
By Chris Sherman and Gary Price
CyberAge Books, Information Today Inc., Medford, NJ, 2001

233. Mining for Gold on the Internet: How to Find Investment and Financial Information on the Internet
By Mary Ellen Bates
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2000

234. Pan Africa: Across the Sahara in 1941 with Pan Am
By Thomas M. Culbert
Paladwr Press, McLean, VA, 1998

235. Researching Online For Dummies (2nd Edition)
By Reva Basch and Mary Ellen Bates
Hungry Minds Inc., (formerly IDG Books), New York, NY, 2000

236. Super Searchers Cover the World: The Online Secrets of International Business Reseachers
By Mary Ellen Bates
CyberAge Books, Information Today Inc., Medford, NJ, 2001

237. Super Searchers Do Business: The Online Secrets of Top Business Researchers
By Mary Ellen Bates
CyberAge Books, Information Today Inc., Medford, NJ, 1999

238. Super Searchers on Wall Street: Top Investment Professionals Share Their Online Research Secrets
By Amelia Kassel
CyberAge Books, Information Today Inc., Medford, NJ, 2000

239. World Aviation Directory
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, annual

About the Author
Suzanne Sabroski is principal of Sabroski & Associates, providing general research and writing support to business professionals since 1995. Prior to going on her own she worked as a corporate librarian, with additional experience in nonprofit administration, tourism, and freelance writing. She obtained her bachelor's degree in political science and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her master's in Educa-tional Media from the College of St. Scholastica, writing her thesis on company information needs assessment. Suzanne was editor of the Association of Independent Information Professionals' first white paper, The Independent Information Profession, and has written for Searcher and Washington Researchers. She is a recipient of AIIP's Myra T. Grenier Award, and served on the AIIP Board of Directors as Chair of Public Relations.

Suzanne lives with her husband, Alan; their three children; and their dog in the beautiful wilderness of northern Minnesota, where she is an active volunteer in school and church activities, and Suzuki parent to their three young violinists. 

About the Editor
Reva Basch, executive editor of the Super Searchers series, has written four books of her own: Researching Online For Dummies (Hungry Minds, 2nd edition with Mary Ellen Bates), Secrets of the Super Net Searchers (Information Today, 1996), Secrets of the Super Searchers (Information Today, 1993), and Electronic Information Delivery: Evaluating Quality and Value(Gower, 1995). She has edited and contributed chapters, introductions, and interviews to several books about the Internet and online information retrieval. She was the subject of a profile in Wired magazine, which called her "the ultimate intelligent agent."

Prior to starting her own business in 1986, Reva was Vice President and Director of Research at Information on Demand, a pioneering independent research company. She has designed front-end search software for major online services; written and consulted on technical, marketing, and training issues for both online services and database producers; and published extensively in information industry journals. She has keynoted at international conferences in Australia, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom, as well as North America. 

Reva is a Past-President (1991­1992) of the Association of Independent Information Professionals. She has a degree in English literature, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in library science from the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career as a corporate librarian, ran her own independent research business for ten years, and has been online since the mid-1970s. 

Reva lives on the remote northern California coast with her husband, cats, and satellite access to the Internet. 

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