The Mind of a Web Researcher

How does the mind of a web researcher work? How should you prepare before you research online?

First of all, don’t worry if you are not an expert on a subject. In fact you don’t have to know the subject very well to perform good research.

Let us start with this premise since this is one of the most important lessons I learned as time went by. The web is a very vast repository of knowledge that it is hard not to find anything on something that has been discussed before. If ever you will be asked something that is not very familiar to you, read on the very basics first.

One example will be finding new trends about “usb drives”. Here are the necessary steps:

  1. If you don’t know what a usb drive is then to know its basic definitions first. If you need to go to a kids website to understand it then do it. There is no shame in that since it’s your own PC anyway.
  2. After that know its history so you could appreciate the trends you will find out later.
  3. After getting a good historical perspective, we can now find new articles about the topic. Again treat this on a case to case basis. Usually for technology related subjects, an article done one to two years ago will still be good but the more recent the better. If you’re looking for trends as to social issues like “parent teen relationships” then even a seven to ten year span can be acceptable.

Next time we will discuss what your mindset should be when you use search engines.

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