Any modern student can’t imagine his or her life without the Internet, because it is the fastest and the most convenient way to access the needed information from anywhere. The Internet gives us so huge opportunities, and sometimes it is difficult to use them. That’s why we offer a selection of the best hacks that let you search for the information in advanced level.
- Look for particular keywords
In order to avoid a big amount of unnecessary search results you should use the unique keywords, as in that case the next principle works – the more detailed keywords you use for searching requests, the higher chance is that you will find appropriate sources. If you need a piece of information for your essay or any other task, try to search for specific points of the topic.
- Search for concreate phrases
There is another useful and quick method of using keywords. In the situation when you need to search for the concreate phrase, you may put quotations at the beginning and the end of the phrase. Then Google will understand that you want to see results with this particular world combination, e.g. enter some quotation in a search string and get the results of sources with that exact phrase.
- Don’t forget about Google Books
A great but not very popular service of Google (in other words a big books publication index) allows students to find reliable sources on various topics. Usually not all parts of the book but only some parts are available for public viewing, but it may be enough to make the quote for your essay.
- Search by means of Google Scholar
One more amazing service from Google which almost completely excludes irrelevant search results. This is a good platform for those who look for academic publications in some particular field of science. If any article isn’t free to read on Google Scholar, then you can take it in the library.
- Use your school’s resources
Before the beginning of your deep search, find out what sources your school can offer. Very often all necessary information may be in front of you. Ask your teachers or instructors, because a lot of schools provide different writing services for students.
- Advanced Search Function
In addition to all previously mentioned Google services you may use Advance Search. This function is not displayed directly on the homepage of Google, that’s why should click “Setting” and choose “Advanced Search.” By means of various filters you can regulate the search, for example you can determine the specific type of file, date, language and so on.
- Look through forums
Forums, or message boards, are not the only and the fastest way to find interesting facts, documents, photos, but it’s quite useful, as someone can share unusual or rare resources on the topic you are interested in. There are many message boards touching some specific topics.
- Make notes about sources you work with
Even if writing an annotation to your bibliography isn’t a compulsory part of the task, you should do it, as there is a strong possibility that it will be helpful in the future. It’s a little bit complicated to remember all basic statements of one book, and what if you have five or ten books. Imagine how confused you will be in that situation.
- Limit your search time
It’s so easy to get lost surfing the Internet and fining the right information. You browse one page and then click on other links, and so on until you realize that your time was spent, but the goal was not achieved. A good advice is to set a timer for 10-15 minutes, during that time you can provide the search and make notes.
- Enjoy online encyclopedias and libraries
Nowadays Internet users can visit the most well-known libraries at home in front computers, for the reason that more and more libraries around the world give access to their sources. We should mention about such a project as Project Gutenberg where more than 53,000 books are available for free.
- Choose only reliable sources
The large part of the information we read on the Internet can’t be called the reliable one, and students are expected to filter it and find only reputable sources. You can start with the websites of governmental and public organizations, respectful magazines and newspapers. Try to rely on to use the most neutral-minded and independent sites.
- Different search engines – different results
That’s true. It may happen that something was avoided by Google, but Yahoo! or Bing put it on the top position, or vice versa. The main reason of those phenomena is different bots that index pages. Every time you enter the keywords, the search engine doesn’t collect the information from all possible webpages on the Internet, it just chooses the best ones, which were crawled and indexed previously.