ImageFinding information on the internet can be tedious if you don’t know how to find it.  Finding information on the internet is essential for various things such as school, work, your personal life, hobbies, etc….  I understand that knowing how to find something is extremely important.  The journey to the answer can be short or long depending on your skills and how much time you’re willing to devote to it.  In my work, I had to learn how implement web-based educational trainings.  I researched a lot of different tools that we could use, narrowed the software/web applications down, and chose the best option for my team.  Then I had to learn how to use the software appropriately which took more research.  It took hours and hours to learn how to use the system but once I did, I could do much more than I had ever imagined!  If I hadn’t put in the time, I wouldn’t have received two promotions in two years.  Learning how to find information will affect my career as a web designer.  I will have to research my clients, their company needs, their customers, as well as continuously learn updates and trends within the industry.  Knowing how to find that information and knowing how to find it efficiently is the key to success!

I found three articles that gave great tips on how to find information via the web fast and effeiciently.

  1. Search Engines:
    1. First you have to figure out what you are looking for.  Be precise in the keywords that you type into the search engine. Keywords need to be as specific as possible.
    2. Use words likely to appear on a site with the information you’re looking for.
    3. Search engines put the most relevant results first.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try again with more specific words or narrow the search by adding more keywords.
    4. Surround searches in quotes in order to refine results
    5. Be aware of stop words: May search will strip out common words called stop words such as “not” in “why does my computer not boot”.  The search engine will only search for “computer” and “boot”.  To help prevent this, surround the search with quotes.
    6. Know what features are available: Many search engines allow for additional syntax to help limit your search strings.  Google enable users to search for links to a particular page by typing “link:” and may other keywords at the beginning of the search query.
    7. Try alternative search engines
  2. Discussion Forums:
    1. These places are where people with similar interests communicate with each other, post questions and answers so that everyone in the group can read them.  The advantage of these sites is that you can check to see if your question has already been answered.  If no, you can post your own question and wait for other to contribute answers or suggestions.
  3. Newsletters:
    1. Organizations sometimes offer a subscription to their free newsletter.  Newsletters are great for getting updated information on the topic of your interest.
  4. Alerting Services:
    1. Alerting services like “google alerts” is a great tool in order to get information emailed to you.  You simple subscribe, type in the topics of interest and have it update you as often as you want.  Google goes out and finds new articles and posts to blogs about that topic and emails them directly to you.
  5. Paying for Information:
    1. Sometime the only way of getting information you want is to pay for it.  Publishers can charge customers for information by subscription so that you can access the website via username and password.

References:

  1. http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000082.htm
  2. http://www.homecomingrevolution.co.za/index.php/business/guides/207-how-to-find-information-on-the-internet
  3. http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en/us/pdf/GoogleSearchGuide-front.pdf
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