Have you ever spent hours searching Google (or any other search engine for that matter) for documents, articles, or information you desperately needed for that research paper you have due soon? With thousands of results in a matter of seconds, trying to find worthy, citable information can be a challenge. And if you’re anything like me, you waited until the last minute to start your paper and since it’s now crunch time, that precious hour should not be spent looking through search engines.
The secret to a good Google search lies in the wording. I must admit that I am guilty of typing questions into Google all the time. It’s my go-to method for getting the information I want. Naturally, this handy infographic tells me that phrasing searches as questions is not the best method. Awesome. Another really useful tip? The unit converter. I use that function a lot. It’s a huge lifesaver if you don’t know the conversions off the top of your head.
Although this infographic shows tips and tricks for students conducting online research, you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of the help it offers. Anybody who uses Google – the most popular search engine as of Feb. 1 – can utilize this information to help them with their daily searches. [via]