Business Backgrounding and Due Diligence Resources

I had the pleasure and privilege of presenting a session last night on business backgrounding and due diligence resources and strategies to the special libraries community in Toronto. I really enjoyed the session, and there was a lively Q&A afterwards where I picked up some tips as well.

Here’s a checklist of resources I created to help guide researchers when conducting this kind of research. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it provides an overview of the resources typically used. Please let me know in the comments if you find it useful.

Business Background and Due Diligence Research Checklist (PDF)

Quick Tip Tuesday: Links from a Domain

I admit, I don’t use Bing as often as I should. This is mostly because I’m more comfortable with Google’s advanced search syntaxes, and when I want to search multiple search engines, I tend to use a meta search engine.

But Bing has some features that are unique and quite useful. One such feature is LinkFromDomain, a search operator that returns the pages that a website links to. Simply enter the web address after the operator (e.g., linkfromdomain:fsoresearch.ca).

This operator is obviously useful for SEO and link building, but for research purposes it provides a sense of what a site is about, and when used on an authoritative site, it leads the searcher to other authoritative sources of information. Check it out.