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See below for examples of research results, including searches for Neolithic ceremonies, reasons for nineteenth-century insane asylums, and Native American basketry, along with finding the best investment apps, Bodie–American gold rush ghost town, whitewater rafting, creating stained glass, and more. There is no limit to the subjects waiting to be explored in this world… !

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What you see in this image, which can be found HERE, is a small, partial map of how information travels on the Internet.

A display of the whole Internet resembles images of galaxies.

When you go researching for information on Google, among other search engines, this diagram represents a few of the billions of paths your question is likely to take before an answer is found.

That this happens almost at the speed of light, or so it seems. We get results in seconds.

What we don’t always get–or even often get initially–is the right answer.

Yet we want answers. We want to understand unfamiliar things. Sometimes it is an assignment or connected with our job, and sometimes it is a burning desire to understand something unfamiliar. Our motivation can be frustrated by the sea of material Google sends back to us.

Unless you know how to formulate a query  in a specific way,  a successful way, you are going to get far too much information for your purpose, too much to even begin to explore.

What I Can Do For You

I have been a professional information researcher for over twenty years–and on average visit 20,000 websites a year, probably more. If there’s one thing I know—and love doing—it’s finding things out.

The services I offer here vary according to the level of research you are interested in receiving, whether it is just a short list of links that match your query or extensive sources that expand your theme. But before I describe them, let me give you some reasons why having a professional do your research for you is an advantage:

  • It reduces stress in finding the right phrases to get the best research results, including using quotation marks, hyphens, tabs, and the asterisk to represent a “wildcard” when you are not sure of the full wording.
  • You are assured of proper citations.
  • You are not trapped by fraudulent information or fake news because you can trust the integrity of the information you receive.
  • You get a coherent overview of the subject.

You receive the information you need to either create the summary, document, or video on your own or you can request I work up summaries for you. Once you select an option, I will contact you immediately via email to discuss which topic or inquiry you have. The turnaround is 24 hours for the Basic and Extended services, and three days maximum for the Summary.

(You can also query me directly at cregina099@gmail.com.)

Why consider this? For one thing, you get a lot more detail than you would from Alexa…:-) and sometimes it is just easier to let someone ELSE do it… !

Research Service

SERVICE DETAILS:

BASIC SERVICE gives you a list of 10 websites most  attuned and useful to your topic, with a one-page description that explains why and how those sites are of value collectively.

EXTENDED SERVICE does the same process for 15 website entries, with the addition of a hierarchy that orders the sites according to which ones are the most informative and effective on the topic.

SUMMARY provides a two-page description based on 10 websites I research related to your topic. The search for those websites is inclusive in the price. The description provides an analysis of why your subject needs the data those websites offer and how to integrate the material when you select and apply it.

EXAMPLES of REQUESTS

I received a request for information regarding Neolithic sites in the Orkneys of Scotland. In conversation it was apparent the client wanted to know specifically whether the people there in 4,000 B.C. had language and what their habits were. Since we have no record of either, what I was able to do was explain what artifacts they left behind and what their homes looked like (some are still intact). I was able to supply images from found sites and some assumptions by archaeologists about their writing, derived from their pottery. I also gave a description of the overall development of Neolithic sites in Scotland on a timeline and how they celebrated the sacred Winter Solstice.

A very different request was for reasons why state insane asylums were built in the nineteenth century. Information on this is vast, so in conversation the subject was narrowed to asylums in the northeastern USA, though in the course of my summary I added notes about two notorious asylums in other parts of the country and information about the Bedlam hospital in London (whose infamous history since the 1600s has inspired several horror books, films, and TV series) and Broadmoor (in Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, England). I added photographs of abandoned hospitals in the northeast once used as insane asylums and what caused their demise.

One request intrigued me. The client wanted to know how to make a Native American woven basket. They had done their own search and found over 7 million sites with descriptions and instructions, but didn’t know how to get the one with the clearest instructions, as well as offering some history on the subject. It was a new topic for me and very interesting. I gave the client ten sites that seemed valuable and out of those recommended three in particular, not only because those websites gave some excellent history of basket weaving in the culture over the centuries, but because they also supplied YouTube videos demonstrating the process that were extremely useful.

SOME ADDITIONAL REQUESTS EXPLORED:

Bodie–American gold rush ghost town
Rafting on the Colorado River and in Italy
Top five apps for investments
Becoming an entrepreneur
Battle of the Somme
Using virtual reality in a video
Storing priceless documents
Designing a garden
Creating stained glass
Medieval origins of the cookbook
How to get a star named after your child, or you
Rights of tenants
Setting up a nonprofit
Learning a new language
Earliest basis of English Law
(and more…)