Search v. Research

Searching yields hits.  Researching makes connections.

That is the mantra that all good undergraduates should adopt and appreciate.  As convenient and as helpful as search engines can be (and they are amazing in that respect), they offer up a number of deadly traps for the serious researcher.  The blizzard of information that results after a typical Google or Yahoo! search is not always helpful and sometimes can be downright misleading.

If you want to learn more about how to navigate search engines effectively, check out this helpful post from  They offer practical guidance on critical issues such as how to use Boolean operators more effectively or where to find the deep web.  If those terms are new to you, then you definitely need to check out that post.

What are your best tips for fellow students who want to transform their use of search engines into powerful research accomplishments?