If at First You Don’t Succeed, Search and Search Again

By Finding Dulcinea

This last step of Search Engine 101 is maybe the most important step to learn and use when doing online research. 

If at first you don’t succeed, search and search again.

Many searchers expect that the very first time they type words into a search engine and hit “search” they will get exactly what they are looking for.  While sometimes this can be the case, it isn’t always true. 

Don’t approach your search with a willingness to settle for whatever first few results you get from a search engine.  Search engines do a lot of thinking for you, but they can’t do it all. 

Instead, think of a search engine as your search partner. You have to be willing to do some of the work yourself, and that means trying a few different searches before you decide on the best search result.

How can you pull your weight in the search?  Use the techniques you’ve learned in the other steps of search engine 101: search again using different search terms, try using search tips recommended by the search engine you are using, or even move on to a new search engine or database and start from the beginning.

The information you seek is most likely somewhere online, so finding it will take creativity, and flexibility in your approach to research.