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Information Gathering

We have been conducting information gathering throughout our academic and work careers. Throughout school, we have learned strategies and techniques for gathering information. The only thing that has changed are the common methods used. At one time, physical libraries were the places to go to conduct research and it took more time to complete. Now, research is conducted primarily on the Internet, and it takes much less time [1].

Sources of information

Determining the sources for information changes with each problem that is encountered. In some cases, you may rely more on people to find a solution to your problem, and in other cases, you may need to search the Internet. Here are some typical sources that you might consider:


Odds are that you are not the first person to run into the problem you are facing. They can easily put you on the right track. It is simply a matter of asking them. Here are some possibilities as they relate to Extension:

  • Your supervisor
  • Your office assistant
  • Initiative team members
  • Members of other initiative teams
  • Specialists
  • Agencies
  • Clients
  • Vendors
  • Extension members from other states


In many cases, people go to the Internet first before talking to a colleague. One of the first places searched is Google. When trying to find an answer to a problem, consider using:

  • Google
  • YouTube
  • FLickr
  • Twitter
  • UW Library
  • Proprietary databases

Most people can conduct basic searches on the Internet; however, to find what you really need you should become more familiar with the search query structure for different systems: Here are some of the more common search structures:

Tools for finding information

Tools for collecting and sharing information

Talk about evernote

RSS from Library


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  1. Hoffman, B. (2003). Informal learning: Managing the training function. Alexandria, Va.: ASTD. Retrieved from