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21
Feb

Internet Research: A Beginner’s Guide

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There is a considerable difference between an amateur and a professional when it comes to internet.  To an amateur internet is a large expanse of water, filled with various possibilities and fish he is looking for, but doesn’t know where to look for; while a professional knows exactly where the fish is and how to find it. Used efficiently, it presents countless answers to our questions, ranging from the daily weather forecast to the revenue the Big 4 made in the last quarter.

The key to productive internet research is the use of right tools for the right tasks. You need to realize that using a good search engine can go a long way. There are different types of search engines for you to choose from. These include standard engines such as Google, Deep web search engines such as Clusty, Meta search engines (www.ez2find.com) or specialized engines such as Lexiz Nexis. The researcher needs to decide on a search engine that best suits his reqiurement. In other words, a researcher needs to have a clear direction and choose the right tool to find the best results while keeping in mind that each of these choices have their advantages and drawbacks. By choosing what best suits your needs, you can bring out the best in your search engine.

In addition, you need to be as concise as possible with search terms without being ambiguous. You should be specific about what you need to find out. A computer searches what you type in the search bar, without taking into account synonyms or its contextual meanings. For best results, you should use variants of relevant keywords in the search engine of your choice. The internet will not search for the words “kids” or “child” if you search for “children.” That might make you lose out on an important document you might need. Hence, it is best to use several combinations of words for the best results.

Ultimately the path to becoming a good researcher requires practice. It might take you several attempts at first to realize which search engine to use, and which keyword combinations yield the most relevant results. But eventually, you will get better at it. 

 

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