Datadriven searching is a search method, which means you to base the continuation of your search on your previous findings. Examples of this search method are reference searching, following links of related online sites or publications and hierarchical searching. The basic principle is that you are not searching for a specific kind of resource or topic, but that you are just browsing within the area of interest.
This might mean that, indirectly, you find very interesting information that you wouldn’t have thought of by yourself. However, the danger is that you lose track of what you actually need, and will be swamped by information that seems interesting but is not actually relevant. Also, you are entirely at the mercy of the restrictions of your findings, which often guide you in a certain direction. This means that you might miss out on interesting information.
Three important aspects will be discussed:
- Reference (known item) searching (backward and forward)
- Hierarchical searching (subject specific portals)
- (Google) Digging (finding the original source)