11. Case Studies

Most of this book so far has been discussion of tools—things that you can use to trap information better.

But you may be at the point where having the tools is all very well, but you need a more concrete sense of when and how you might want to use them. That’s what this chapter is all about. We look at two hypothetical case studies: one for finding external information, such as news, reports, discussions, and so on, and one for finding internal information, such as links and critical comments.

As you might imagine, setting up a thorough set of information traps can take a lot of hours and touch on as many as two or three hundred resources. In one ongoing research job I do, I monitor over 800 separate pages and 1,500 different ...

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