How to Learn how to Search and Find What You are Looking for

Annalaura Brown

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How You Can Learn Searching Skills and Become Your Own Librarian

Are you struggling to find what you are looking for either online or offline? Do you need help with proper searching? Here are some helpful hints.

1. Realize that while Google and other search engines are good for some kinds of information many times you need to use other resources. Examples of the kind of information which you can easily find in Google include;

Basic information and definitions of terms

Information about businesses

General information about the weather, countries, states, and news

2. The kind of information which you can not easily find in Google includes:

Critical and scholarly articles

Information from databases

Full Text of many articles and books especially those, which are still under copyright.

So now that you have a better idea of when you should and should not search in Google how do you find the information you are looking for if it is not in Google?

1. Many public libraries have access to free databases, which you can search with simply a library card. Likewise many university and college libraries have them as well.

2. Ask a librarian. Many people hesitate to do this but we are well trained and are always willing to help you.

3. Depending upon the kind of information you are seeking you can try encyclopedias, journals, magazines, newspapers or books. These are still valid sources and contain much useful information.

4. Try searching Internet directories or other websites.

5. Try using the advanced features and search of Google. This tool is often not used and is very helpful.

Happy Searching!

AnnaLaura Brown is a librarian who also runs an internet business. She can be contacted via her website You can also subscribe to her free internet marketing lessons via


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