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CIRS Training Guide and Workbook 4th Edition Printable Ver. 4.1.1

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This program is developed as a Self-study Training program to assist you in preparing for the CIRS Certification examination. The CIRS Certification Training guide is most suitable as a Practical Guide for mastering the art of Online Research or Online search by anyone that ...Read more
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This program is developed as a Self-study Training program to assist you in preparing for the CIRS Certification examination. The CIRS Certification Training guide is most suitable as a Practical Guide for mastering the art of Online Research or Online search by anyone that uses the Internet as a primary tool for information gathering.

You will learn about the practical approach to building complex search engine queries, Google advanced search, tools and tactics when taking the CIRS Certification exam. The 4th edition is written in such a way that you can feel confident in your grasp of the principles. You'll learn the most up-to-date online research techniques, and the course will help you build your capacity to perform independent research that goes beyond textbooks and simple internet searches.

These are a set of 2 books bundle as a Self-Study Internet Research Training Guide and Q&A Workbook to prepare students for the CIRS Certification Exam of 2020. 

The 4th Edition CIRS Certification curriculum consists of four (4) modules and 42 chapters, and AofIRS has released a new 5th version of the CIRS Training Guide. In accordance with the CIRS Training Guide, 5th edition, learn the most up-to-date search and research best practices.

[Note: This is a downloadable PDF version and not in print - all book purchases are Non-Refundable ]

Details of CIRS Exam Syllabus

How the Books are Designed?

Book is well-designed for someone who is starting a career involving extensive online research with a very little technical background, you will find that the book will start you with the basic concepts and gradually take you to the expert levels fairly quickly - this is due to the use of simple English combined with plenty of screenshots captured as exhibits – It contains hundreds of practical examples, easy to follow illustrations, diagrams, charts, graphs and several lists of information resources and links.

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NETWORKS & INTERNET TECHNOLOGY – CIRS Exam Module 1

This module consistS of (8) Chapters

This module gives you an understanding of the technology that makes the Internet and how the web pages are accessed and displayed in a web browser? - The course is custom designed so that online researchers can make a better sense of when to apply specific search queries? And how to best structure it in a given situation?

CHAPTER 1-1 | THE NETWORKS TECHNOLOGY
  • NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
    • Illustration of a Simple (Basic) Home Network Connected to the Internet
    • Local Area Network (LAN) 
    • Wide Area Network (WAN)
    • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
    • Illustrations of Wide Area Network
  • NETWORK CONNECTIVITY DEVICES
    • PC’s or Workstations or Clients
    • A Server (Central Server)
    • Routers
    • Hubs
    • Switch
    • Access Point
    • Network Cards (NIC)
    • A Network Server
02

RESEARCH METHODS and ONLINE RESEARCH – CIRS Exam Module 2

This module has two 2 separate sections [includes nineteen (19) Chapters]

We have split this module into two segments.

  • The Internet Research - Methods and Techniques, and,
  • Conventional Research Methods and Methodologies.

The Internet Research - Methods and Techniques is considered the core segment of Internet research teaching. The segment is focused on web search techniques and identifies various challenges, methods and inherent barriers to online research. It gives students an overall understanding of search engine behavior and functionality. The students learn to build complex web search queries and perform a precision search with confidence.

The Research Methods and Methodologies segment of the course is typical conventional research methods and methodologies that are fundamental for any type of research work. This segment is covering knowledge of the industry’s research standards, conventions and methods applied by traditional research practitioners.

CHAPTER 2-1 | SEARCH ENGINES AND KEYWORDS SEARCH
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE SEARCH ENGINE
  • THE FIVE METHODS OF WEB SEARCH
    • What are the Main Search Engines?
    • Specialized Search Engines
    • Meta-search Engines
    • Websites & Web Portals
    • Subscription Database of Deep Web
      • Web Search Query Builders – Approach and Components
      • Keywords and Phrase Search
      • Proximity Search
      • Precision Searches
      • Search Queries Vs. Search Terms
      • Search Query Operators
        • Specialized Search Tools of Main Search Engines
  • KEYWORDS AND PHRASE SEARCH
    • Broad Search Keywords
    • Narrow Search Keywords
    • The Primary Keywords and Secondary Keywords
      • Identifying Primary Keywords
      • Importance of Secondary Keywords in Precision Search
  • BUILDING KEYWORDS & PHRASE FOR SEARCH
    • Core Elements of a Keywords Search Query
    • Types of Search Query based on Search Query Phrase Structure
      • Short Tail Keywords or Broad Keywords Query
      • Long Tail Keywords or Long Keywords Query
      • The Advantage and Disadvantage of Long and Short Tails for Search
03

BUSINESS of RESEARCH - CIRS Exam Module 3

This module consists of (5) Chapters

The Business of Research is an important module for those Research Professionals that are interested in setting up their independent research services practice as Independent Research Specialists. The main objective of this module is to provide a basic understanding of how to set-up an Independent Research Services Business and how to effectively manage small business operations? - The topics are intended to familiarize students with essential elements of business management that provide valuable insight into SMB (Small to Medium Size Business) operational issues, along with the business risks attached and both the advantages and disadvantages of working independently.

This module also includes topics that explain several steps required from the time the client research proposal is drafted and later how it gets executed and ultimately delivered to the client. Other aspects of business operations such as Accounting, Billing, Project Pricing and Projects Costing are also included in this module.

CHAPTER 3-1 | INTERNET RESEARCH BUSINESS
  • WHAT IS RESEARCH WORK?
  • PURPOSE OF PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH
  • SKILL REQUIREMENTS OF A MODERN-DAY INTERNET RESEARCHERS
    • Internet Researcher Skills
      • Soft Skills
      • Technical Skills
        • Data Collection and Data Management
        • Computer Skills and Working of Search Engine
  • Internet Research and Information Demand
    • Business and Industry Specific Research Reports
      • Information and Data Required - by the Shareholders and Employees
      • Job descriptions and business reports data requirement
      • Business Reports and Information Reporting
        • List of Typical Research and Analysis Reports in Businesses and Industry
          • Business Feasibility
          • Investment Feasibility (Financial Feasibility)
          • Market and Marketing Feasibility
          • Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) Analysis
    • Business Management Reports (Internal Data and External Data)
    • Management Reports used in Businesses – Summary Chart
      • Business Management Reports Categorized
        • Formal or Informal Reports
        • Internal or External Reports
        • Informational or Analytical Reports
    • Popular Research Areas in Businesses
      • Business Competitive Intelligence
      • Company Research
      • Accounting and Financial Research
      • Market and Industry Research
      • Investigative Research
      • Legal Research
      • Technology Research
    • Industry and Businesses Need for Research & Data
  • Research as a Services Business
    • Professional Research Industry
      • Forrester Research
      • IDC Research
      • Northern light
    • Global Outsourcing
  • Large Corporate Enterprise & Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMB’s)
  • Academic Research
    • The Art Disciplines
    • The Science Disciplines
    • The Discipline of Philosophy
    • The Discipline of History
    • The Disciplines of Humanities
  • Scientific Research
04

INTERNET LAW and ETHICS - CIRS Exam Module 4

This module has two ten (10) Chapters]

Internet Law also referred to as "Cyber Law" encompasses all transactions and activities on the internet. The collaborative nature of the internet and its vast expansion has led to numerous legal challenges making "Internet Law" a critical perspective concerning the internet. The objective of this module is to introduce research specialists to the domain of legalities on the internet and teach them how to minimize their liabilities and mitigate legal risks.

This module is about Internet Ethical Issues of the Internet compliments the legal framework of legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations. In conducting effective internet research, having a thorough understanding of the ethical challenges facing internet research, and tackling them accordingly is a necessity. Ethical issues challenge researchers in many ways. These usually involve consumer rights and responsibilities towards them and society. It explains the language of right and wrong, moral decisions - what is good and bad? Etc.

CHAPTER – 4.1 | INTRODUCTION TO CYBER LAW OR INTERNET LAW
  • INTERNET LAW: DEFINITION
  • NEED FOR INTERNET LAWS
  • LEGAL ISSUES IN EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGY
  • KEY AREAS WITHIN INTERNET LAW
  • ONLINE RESEARCH AND INTERNET LAWS
  • IMPORTANCE OF CYBER LAWS KNOWLEDGE IN ONLINE RESEARCH

Inclusive Online Training Resources for Exam Preparation

You can use a variety of online resources to enhance the Official CIRS Courseware. [The following resources are available to registered students who have purchased Training Material]:
Exam Guide

Exam Guide

A guide that focuses on providing strategies and recommendations for passing exams. The topics included in this handbook are based on candidate feedback and the most frequently requested questions. It detects topics that most students find difficult to understand and suggests the best way to get through the difficulty barrier.

Online Mock Exams

Online Mock Exams

Students who register can take real mock examinations that simulate the same final exam style and questions. In each segment of the exams, questions are rotated at random, just like in actual exams with retakes.

Supplemental Notes

Supplemental Notes

These are the learning materials that are given as information and notes to either complement the primary topics in the curriculum or to assist students with difficult and complex topics that require elaboration or further explanations.

Unlimited Access to Research Papers

Unlimited Access to Research Papers

Access to the Association's online research papers. These are a collection of externally generated links. These will be beneficial as references for students who need help explaining and learning concepts and topics included on the CIRS exam.

Online Exam Practice Questions

Online Exam Practice Questions

Registered students can practice real mock exams that simulate the exact same final exam pattern and similar questions. Questions are rotated at random in each section of the exams as you will find in real exams with exam re-takes. 

Online Exam Preparation Support

Online Exam Preparation Support

Students receive online chat support by appointment to help them through their study programmes and to address their issues and questions concerning the CIRS exam. [This is not a tutoring service; it is live guidance from our Course Development and Examination Board volunteer members.]

AOFIRS

World's leading professional association of Internet Research Specialists - We deliver Knowledge, Education, Training, and Certification in the field of Professional Online Research. The AOFIRS is considered a major contributor in improving Web Search Skills and recognizes Online Research work as a full-time occupation for those that use the Internet as their primary source of information.

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