July 4 brought to mind cookouts, which brought to mind some recent research. I needed a baseline value for some Royal Winton corn-on-the-cob dishes (Yes, such a thing exists!). Getting it took some strategic searching (Association of College .& Research Libraries, 2016).
A keyword search yielded a similar question on an appraisal site. Thus I picked out a person or group likely to have such information (ACRL, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration Section, Knowledge Practices sub-section). The site listed the appraiser’s credentials, and the answer was fairly recent. Still, for comparison I searched eBay, another place which would have such information. I even tried the official Royal Winton site, but it does not offer valuations.
I also tried such terms as Grimwade, the earlier term for Royal Winton (n.d.) and more general search terms. Search strategy involves search language in different forms (ACRL, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration Section, Knowledge Practices sub-section). Since the form can be visual, I tried a reverse image search as well.
In the end I had the valuations I’d wanted. When you do a non-academic search, think of how you went about it. Some of your strategies also apply to academic research.
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website : http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework
Royal Winton (n.d.) The history of Royal Winton. Retrieved from https://www.royalwinton.co.uk/about-us/the-royal-winton-story/