Many people believe that searching the Web is as easy as typing a few terms into a box and clicking the search button. Like magic, in a matter of seconds, links to precise, accurate, and current answers will appear.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. The term “search” is very broad and means different things to different people. For some people it means using an engine like AllTheWeb or Teoma. For others it includes the use of a Web directory focused on a specific topic.
For some, search means utilizing not only Web engines but also specialized databases that may contain geographic data, full-text articles, or government information.
Another major issue for the searcher is where to begin. Questions revolve around what each resource does and does not offer. The good news is that with just a little education and guidance, searching, retrieving, and accessing material on the Web can become easier.
Having these skills will make you a better student. Knowing how to save search time will make you a more valuable employee.