The web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape. A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a “reasonably well-executed search.” Researchers say that “the majority of students — of all levels — exhibited significant difficulties that ranged across nearly every aspect of the search process.”
That search process also included determining when to rely on Google and when to utilize scholarly databases, but on a fundamental level, it appears that many people just don’t understand how to find the information they seek using Google. However, thanks to the guys at HackCollege, now we can learn how to use Google Search more effectively.
The infographic below offers a helpful primer for how to best structure searches using advanced operators to more quickly and accurately drill down to the information you want. This is by no means an exhaustive list of search operators and advanced techniques, but it’s a good start that will help set you on the path to search on Google ‘like a PRO.’ [HackCollege via Mashable]