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  1. Geeking Out on Statistics

    NationMaster also recently rolled out StateMaster.com, a sister site that offers similar data mining on US state statistics, using sources such as the US Census Bureau, FBI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a variety of non-profit...

  2. Searching for Quality RSS Feeds

    Guest writer Mary Ellen Bates has found a new tool that helps you search for feeds from a variety of souces and easily aggregate them for reading. RSS feeds offer a great way to pull relevant content from blogs, news sites and many other sources...

  3. Do You Kebberfegg?

    Mary Ellen Bates is the principal of Bates Information Services, a research and consulting business based in Boulder, Colorado. RSS feeds offer a great way to pull in interesting, relevant information—but finding good feeds can be a challenge.

  4. Specialized Search Tools for Academic Content

    Guest writer Mary Ellen Bates looks at a number of these highly focused services in today's SearchDay article, Finding Articles Online. When you're looking for magazine or journal articles, search engines can be helpful, but other specialized...

  5. A Versatile Web Research Tool

    Guest writer Mary Ellen Bates has been using a new tool from Net Snippets that has multiple features bundled into a single package that make it a seriously cool (and fun) addition to her web research arsenal, she reports in today's SearchDay...

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  6. When Not to Use Search Engines

    The first thing you need to do is start using your "peripheral vision," writes Mary Ellen Bates in today's SearchDay article, Thinking Outside the Search Box. Turning to our favorite search engine has become reflexive for most people seeking...

  7. Get Your Facts Straight

    In today's SearchDay article, Just the Facts, Please, guest writer Mary Ellen Bates writes about two free, comprehensive and usually reliable sources that can help you find quick answers to factual questions in a hurry.