As you begin your research, ask yourself:
Think about "who cares" enough to compile, analyze and publish data on a particular business topic. The following often offer open source information:
Searching the internet is quick and easy, and a great source for relevant, quality information. Caveat emptor: evaluate the resources you use.
Here are some guidelines to assess Internet resources, such as personal Web pages, blogs and Wikipedia:
Please see this additional information about the CRAP test.
Reach out to industry experts: journalists that cover your industry, financial analysts, industry associations and academics. If you don’t know insiders in your network, identify them through publications, industry associations, and trade meetings.
If you need to take it a step further, ask an information professional, an expert in the field or even brainstorm with a colleague. Find out if your employer has a corporate library staff, or look to local library resources, both public and academic.