An Internet researcher uses the Internet, typically through various search engines and similar utilities, to perform research on a variety of subjects. This is often done to assist a professional in a particular field in studying or researching a subject, though it can also be done to generate original content on a website or for an article to be submitted to a publication. Depending on where such a researcher works, he or she may provide freelance research to others or be assigned subjects and topics by a company. An Internet researcher then utilizes different methods for researching the subject online, and provides a thorough and comprehensive response based on that research.
The work of an Internet researcher typically begins with the subject he or she has been tasked to research. Due to the limitations of human memory, the ability to find information about a wide range of subjects can be equally or more important than actually knowing information. An Internet researcher is likely to either offer his or her services to clients on a freelance basis or is employed by a company that requires information to be determined and utilized.
An Internet researcher then begins to actually research that topic. This can entail a number of different methods, but typically includes the use of numerous search engines and various databases. A researcher might begin with a general query through mainstream Internet search engines, and then refine his or her research to utilize scholarly and academic databases for additional information. This entire process often includes verifying information found on one site with other sites, since an Internet researcher often needs to be able to demonstrate the accuracy of information he or she has learned.
Once an Internet researcher has learned the information that is required of him or her, then he or she usually relays that information to the person or people who want it. This means the research must be compiled and detailed in a way that is relevant and easy to understand. Sources for the information provided in the final report or article may also be required, and any discrepancies found during the research may need to be noted as well. An Internet researcher may also do independent research for himself or herself, usually to write an article or report for publication, or while working on original research for professional or academic purposes.