So, You Want Some Tips On: Searching and Researching

As students we have to search and research things on the internet, unfortunately. By the time most of us have hit college, we already know how to use a search engine, usually Google, to find information on what we want. But, most of us use search engines inefficiently like in the videos below… Since the goal is to dominate the internet, I have compiled a list of tips to help you be more effective and efficient when searching and researching.

Rule 1: Always ask, is the site that I am on reliable? Do not use Urban Dictionary as a source. If you don’t know who to contact (or blame) for shoddy information, don’t use it.sources

Rule 2: If you aren’t sure about something, check other sites. If there is a discrepancy, don’t use it. We only want sites that have backup.

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Rule 3: If the page is covered in ads and/or has broken links within it, be weary…

Rule 4: If the page is linked to a bunch of unrelated nonsense, see above…

Rule 5: Google is your friend. It has many cool features to help you to find what you are looking for, so you should explore them! Use the Advanced Search and Scholar Google options.go

Rule 6: Don’t be afraid to use a library catalogue to help you find information! When you are researching, you should look for information from many different mediums.

Rule 7: Use Google’s special syntax quirks to your advantage… you can find some of them here.

Rule 8: Remember to always cite your sources using whatever format that your professor prefers… (EasyBib for the win!)

Rule 9: Don’t allow yourself to get distracted.

Rule 10: And, most importantly, remember that this is the internet! Customize your search to fit you… Maybe try a different search engine look. Or try a different search engine, I don’t know why….

Here are some engines/types to try: SleekSearch, TechnoGoogle (turn your sound on for this one), Bing, Yahoo, AOL, Ask.com, BackwardsGoogle, Google Terminal, Underwater Google, Snake Game Google, and many more! (Try some of these or check out some of these.)

Now go forth and dominate your searches!

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