Find It Fast: How to Uncover Expert Information on Any Subject Online or in Print


Whatever information you want, Find It Fast will tell you, step by step, how to track it down, whether it's consumer advice, information for your job or project, facts for starting a new business, or answers to questions on obscure topics.  Newly revised, the bestselling book gives expert advice on how to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the proffesionals behind those sources, and how to combine these techniques to complete an information search ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $58.77   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...


Whatever information you want, Find It Fast will tell you, step by step, how to track it down, whether it's consumer advice, information for your job or project, facts for starting a new business, or answers to questions on obscure topics.  Newly revised, the bestselling book gives expert advice on how to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the proffesionals behind those sources, and how to combine these techniques to complete an information search on any subject.

Fully revised and updated, this 5th edition includes hundreds of new web addresses-the "Best of the Best" for researchers- and reveals how to evaluate internet sources for reliability.  You'll also find expert advice on:

  • How to use search engines for fast facts and precise searches

  • How to avoid "Information Overload," the bane of today's researcher

  • How to tap into the huge storehouse of data available online from the U.S. government and from business sources

  • When and why it's still critical to use your library
  • And much more
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062737472
  • Publisher: Collins Reference
  • Publication date: 8/22/2000
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert I. Berkman is founder and editor of the Information Advisory Newsletter. He has also taught "How to Be an Instant Expert" course at New York City's Learning Annex for several years. He is currently teaching a course for The New School on computer-based research and lives in Washington, D.C.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Why doing research at Your Library Is Still Critical

You may think that since you have the Internet there's no reason to trudge off to the library. Well, that's flat out incorrect. Although there's unquestionably a truly incredible amount of information on the Internet (described in chapter 5), your library still offers several critical benefits that can't be found online. Below are ten reasons why, despite the Internet, any good researcher will treasure libraries and will want to make frequent visits:

  1. Access to Books
    This may seem obvious, but it can be easy to forget that only at a library are you going to be able to browse thousands of actual books, find the ones you want, and then read them. The Net does many things extremely well — but one thing it does not do is provide the complete text of many books. Yes, you can order books easily, but you can read only a miniscule number of them online. In addition, there are few people who would actually want to read an entire book on their computer screen.
  2. Access to Magazines and Newspapers
    Although many publishers do put the complete text of their magazine or newspaper online, there are several problems with accessing these on the Web. First, it is still hit or miss as to whether the specific title you seek is available on the Internet, and, even if it does exist online, it can be difficult to find. If you do locate it, you are unlikely to be able to scan the back issues, and almost certainly will not be able to do so for free.

    The library is still the best place to go for finding journals and newspapers of interest to you, and for digging up back issues.Interestingly, in many cases the library is also the better choice for finding the current newsstand issue as well: most libraries have a place where the most recent issues are displayed — which makes them easier to find than searching on the Web. Furthermore, it is hard to browse pages on the Internet — but easy to flip through a print copy in your hands.

    Also, I find scanning the covers of magazine journals displayed on library shelves to be an interesting exercise. You can discover what issues are hot, see magazines that you previously might not have known about or did not read, and get a sense of how various media are covering some topic you may be researching. This kind of “meta-browsing” is quite difficult to do on the Internet.

  3. Access to Directories
    As discussed later in this chapter, directories are invaluable tools for researchers, as they pull together related data on a subject and can provide leads for locating further information. Like books, complete directories are not well represented in their full text on the Internet. And when a directory is available, you'll normally have to pay a fee to search it. Many of these directories are quite expensive too'running in the hundreds of dollars'and so the best place to find and use them without having to purchase or pay a search fee, remains your library.
  4. Access to Primary Materials
    Libraries are also still the place to go when you need to use rare books, maps, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other primary and special collection documents. While some libraries are scanning in these materials and putting them on the Net (see the discussion of digital libraries in this chapter), these collections, while intriguing and certainly growing, represent a miniscule percentage of the primary documents held in the world's libraries. It is extremely doubtful, given the time and cost of these digital conversion efforts, that a significant number of collections will be digitized anywhere in the near future.

  5. Access to the Internet
    Most libraries these days let you use their computers to search the Internet. Why use the library to search the Net? While you may have a computer and modem in your home, your library may offer a faster and more reliable connection, since libraries typically use leased lines, not a dial-up connection. Furthermore, when you find the name of a book, magazine, or other print source while at the library, you can check the library's catalog to see if it has the source, and if it does, you can grab it from the shelves right there!
  6. Access to Fee-based Databases
    As explained in chapter 5, searching a database is different than searching pages on the Internet. Databases provide access to a focused set of filtered information (e.g., newspaper articles, company financial data, articles published in sociological journals, etc.) and are set up to allow you to perform sophisticated searching. Unlike the general Internet, fee-based informational databases don't contain advertisements, pornography, or nonsubstantive data'and they are created specifically for researchers.

    These databases cost money to subscribe to'sometimes a lot of money — but when a library subscribes, it makes access to these powerful databases free! (Some libraries may restrict this to authorized users and may charge a nominal fee for printing data.) Some of these databases are stored on disks on the library's own computers, and these are called CD-ROMs. Other databases are stored remotely on the database vendor's computers and the library connects to them via the telephone; these are called online databases. In either case, these databases remain some of the most powerful and important tools for any researcher.
  7. Organized Information with Expert Finder Tools
    As anyone who has ever conducted a search knows, one of the biggest frustrations is trying to pinpoint the information you need from among the millions of Web pages on the Internet. The problem is that nobody has organized the information on the Net. Information contained in the library, in contrast, is fully organized around a standardized and consistent cataloguing method...
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition of Find It Fast
Introduction: Taking Advantage of the Information Explosion
Getting Started
1 Libraries: Zeroing in on the Best Resources 3
2 Selected Supersources: The Cream of the Crop 55
3 The U.S. Government: Mining for Information Nuggets 77
4 Business Information: A Sampling of Sources 119
5 The Internet 177
6 Identifying Experts: Who They Are, Where to Find Them 233
7 Making the Connection: Getting Access to an Expert 245
8 Talking with Experts: Strategies for Getting Inside Information 257
9 Information Quality: Evaluating Sources and Determining Accuracy 279
10 Wrapping It Up: Organizing and Writing Up Your Results, with the Benefit of the Expert Review 307
11 Troubleshooting: Typical Questions Information Seekers Ask 319
12 A Researcher's Road Map: Project Planning and Source Selection 323
App. A Sources of Further Information 331
App. B Ten Tips for Conducting Precision Research on the Net 341
Index 345
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)