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Finding information on the internet is easy, but finding good quality and reliable information is trickier than you think. Take a look at the tips in this section on how to get the most out of searching online. Before using any web resource in your assignment ask yourself “Is the web page as good as the information you would find in a book or academic journal?”
Webpages can be set up by anyone, therefore before referencing a site check that the information is reliable and accurate.
- Who is the author? Do they have qualifications/a reputation in the relevant area?
- Is the web site affiliated with an organisation? If so, what is the mission of that organisation?
- Has the information been properly referenced? Are the references authoritative?
- When was the site last updated?
- Is there any reason for bias on this web site?
- Has the website been well presented in an appropriately academic style?
- Has anyone recommended this web site to you?
- Does the information match what you have learned from other sources?
Look for the clues in the URL
- .com – a commercial company
- .co.uk – a commercial UK company
- .edu – a US academic institution
- .ac.uk – a UK academic institution
- .org – a non-profit organisation
- .gov or .gov.uk – a US or UK government site
Are you struggling to find what you need on Google?
Here are some tips to improve your results!
Still not finding enough academic resources in Google?
Try using Google Scholar which only searches scholarly literature.
Government & Professional Bodies
There are many websites which you will find useful for your studies, I have listed some of the most popular ones below. Please let me know if there are other websites which you feel others may wish to know about and I will include them on this page.
British Florist Association
The only trade association in the floristry industry representing florist retailers, florists, freelance florists, students and wholesalers
Federation of Small Businesses
Offering not for profit small business advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in UK government. The FSB exists to support small business owners and the self-employed
Floral Design Institute
Specialized Floral Design Training, Trends Research, Product Research, Sourcing and Purchasing, Floral Design Photography and Videography, Marketing Research, Media Strategy, Retail Store Analysis, Merchandising, Educational Seminars and Workshops; Floral Design Institute is a Creative Resource for the Floral Industry
Flower Council of Holland
The Flower Council of Holland is an independent foundation tasked with consistently keeping flowers and plants at the top of European consumers' minds. The organisation is funded by domestic and foreign growers that are members of FloraHolland and by trading companies that are FloraHolland's customers.
Government Information Service
Provides links to all UK national and local Government Departments
Health & Safety Executive
HSE) protects people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities, through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, inspection, investigation and enforcement
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is a non-ministerial department of the UK Government responsible for the collection of taxes. The Treasury lead on strategic tax policy and policy development
The Prince’s Trust
The Prince's Trust is a charity in the United Kingdom founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales, and Frederick John Pervin to help young people. and can be a great source of small business grants for young entrepreneurs
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
(RoSPA) is a British charity that aims to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries which occur as a result of accidents
Looking for a way to learn more about your subject area without reading? Consider listening to podcasts that may help to increase your knowledge.
Podcasts vary in quality, frequency and reliability, so make sure you evaluate them before using the information for an assignment.
The Flower Pros Podcast
Art Conforti talks with top professionals in the floral industry every week to discuss sales and marketing tactics, pain points, and solutions to everyday floral industry issues.
"Listen as we talk with influential florists, growers and flower industry professionals."
Ambius are experts in interior landscapes and is a premier creator of ambiance for businesses.
European Floral & Lifestyle
EFSA, the European floral and lifestyle suppliers association, provides a forum and voice to advance the global competitiveness of the floral, gardening and lifestyle industry.
FleuraMetz is your full-service partner in flowers, plants and sundries
On-line Floristry magazine , previously known as Florist & Wholesale Buyer, containing up-to-date industry news.
Floristry Magazines and Books on Issuu.com
Issuu is a free electronic publishing platform for magazines, catalogues, and newspapers
Flowers & Plants
Sharing knowledge and advice, Interflora created Flowers & Plants – an online resource for all kinds of information, news and care tips about flowers
Funny how flowers do that
An initiative from the Flower Council of Holland – Funny how flowers do that is a home style magazine website
Marketing Teacher has been online since 2000. Marketing Teacher is for marketing learners, teacher and professionals. This site uses plain language to describe the key marketing topics and has an international appeal to marketing learners, teachers and professionals
Oasis Floral Products
Smithers-Oasis is dedicated to advancing the art and science of floriculture through the development of innovative products
Rainbow Florist Supplies
Serving Florists, Flower Shops, Floristry Students & Demonstrators, Flower Arrangers, Garden Centres, Hotels,
Team Flower is a learning and community platform for flower professionals. They offer free videos and articles, online classes and flower workshops.
Trend Bible is a home and interiors dedicated trend agency, working with inquisitive, recognised brands to predict change
Val Spicer Products
Val Spicer products design and create a wide range of foam products supplying directly to wholesalers in the UK, they are also specialists in funeral tributes.
Wedding Flowers Guide
The Wedding Flowers Guide is your place to get tips, inspiration and ideas to plan the flowers for the big day
Google Scholar is Google's academic search engine. It allows you to search for information published in journals and books, for example. It includes an increasing amount on open access material as well content that you would have to pay to access.
Use Google Scholar alongside the many databases that the College subscribes to so you get relevant and accurate content.