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Q: online research service like google answers ( Answered,   4 Comments )
Subject: online research service like google answers
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: kedrene1-ga
List Price: $12.00
Posted: 31 Jan 2003 15:50 PST
Expires: 02 Mar 2003 15:50 PST
Question ID: 155820
I want an online service very similar to "google answer" but i need
the service to give me the answer privately.

Request for Question Clarification by tisme-ga on 31 Jan 2003 16:53 PST
What type of question are you hoping to get answered?

Subject: Re: online research service like google answers
Answered By: librariankt-ga on 28 Feb 2003 07:55 PST
Hi Kedrene,

Not knowing either your general subject area or your location, I am
hampered a bit in my ability to "vette" the suggestions below as to
relevancy to your needs.  I hope you will take a look at them and find
something that will work for you.

Intota Expert Knowledge Services
This is a specialized service for science & engineering, materials
science, industry & technology, and business question answering.  You
select an expert and contact him/her directly.

This service has experts in a field whom you contact directly with
your question and a bid price.  The expert you contact will, in turn,
write back with a proposal including their price, timeframe, and
probable answer structure etc.  Or you can post a question to the
public board.

In this service, you bid your question to an expert who then calls you
on the phone.  You pay by the minute. The service seems to focus more
on business and social issues (entertainment, "life coaching") than
most I've seen.

Similar to Keen, also with the non-scientific research bent.  You can
have anonymous phone calls with this service.

This service appears to be very similar to Google Answers (they even
have a comparison chart to us!) but they promise anonymity.  I'm not
sure how they enforce it, but it appears to be another post a question
and get bids type of setup.

This service is confidental and uses direct email to experts for your
question (and it's free)

You might also try the "Ask an Expert Sources" from the Community
Learning Network to see if any of their suggestions are relevant to
you. They also have some emails for public library reference desks.  I
can tell you as a librarian, it is a point of professional pride that
all questions asked are kept confidential to the point of some
librarians being willing to go to jail rather than turn over
information (yes, it has happened).

I hope you find one of the above services useful!  I found them by
looking at the options available in a number of categories at the Open
Directory Project, particularly



Clarification of Answer by librariankt-ga on 28 Feb 2003 07:56 PST
I'm sorry, I left out the Community Learning Network page:

Subject: Re: online research service like google answers
From: czh-ga on 31 Jan 2003 18:18 PST
Check out a similar question previously answered by Google Answers to
review what's available.

Subject: Re: online research service like google answers
From: bowler-ga on 01 Feb 2003 09:22 PST
What about your local public library?  They have been in the business
of giving answers privately and without charge for quite some time
Subject: Re: online research service like google answers
From: robertsclark-ga on 03 Feb 2003 00:22 PST
Check out
Subject: Re: online research service like google answers
From: leep-ga on 03 Feb 2003 00:34 PST
You may want to also look through the links in the "Ask An Expert"
page at

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