3 Steps to Become an Expert Searcher

3 Steps to Become an Expert Searcher

Finding the right resources on the internet you want to learn about can be challenging.  Generally, when I see students at my college search they type the exact question they want to know into the search bar in the internet browser with a question mark. Searching for resources is an art form--a skill that needs to be practiced before becoming an expert searcher.
First, enclose all phrases and names with a parenthesis. For example, if you are searching on topics related to Donald Trump, use: “Donald Trump.”  Otherwise, you will find articles or resources about anyone named Donald. Or, if you want to know more about Monica Ryavy’s Cohort Based Courses, use “Cohort Based Courses.” Otherwise, will you find resources on cohort and based and courses. Enclosing quotation marks around a phrase improve your search.
Second, use wild cards like *. When you search topics on financing, I use, finc* so I can find resources on financing or finance. You can find more resources on related topics to finance then.
Third, use Boolean operators to expand or narrow your search. Boolean operators are and/or/not. While in searching in Google Boolean is already built into your search, however, your search will be improved when you use Boolean operators.
Finally, searching is an art that takes time to do. If you don’t find what you’re looking for immediately, then modify your search terms, you will find what you are looking for eventually with the right search terms and these tips. Use quotations marks for phrases, wild cards like the asterisk, and Boolean operators like and/or/not to improve your search queries.