How To Do Research Part 2

Previously I created a short video on how to do research. It was by no means comprehensive. So I endeavor to delve deeper into the mechanics of research.

As I stated previously research is not my favorite activity. I really don't think most people are inclined to enjoy the idea of researching a topic, however in most cases it is mandatory to acquire information on whatever you are searching for. You must start somewhere and researching is the starting point.

The reason I became desirable of learning how to research is because I am interested in internet marketing and business building and I am a newbie. That means I really don't know much about this new interest. I found that it is not easy to just ask someone about what you need to know because you don't know who to ask. So, basically you stumble around purchasing myriad collections of unusable information hoping you will be able to find what you are really searching for. This made me start using "Google" for almost everything. It's worked out okay but there are many other avenues to explore to find information.

So the first thing to do is to know what you are seeking to find. In other words what are you looking for. Is it a book, a video, or a location? That is going to determine where you will start your search.

For me "Google" is so easy because all you have to type into the search box is the word or phrase that you seek to find. It will then come up with results or shall I say lists of results. There you can click on each link that will take you to a site that will have information on the search you initiated. If you enclose the word or phrase you are searching for in parenthesis it will give you less but more relevant results. If you use the minus (-) sign it will give you less unwanted results.

Most of us know that information we receive from the worldwide web is not always 100% correct, so you need to make sure of the source before you use it. Try to locate the author or periodical that it was taken from and research them. If you intend to research online there are a few terms that you probably want to know.

* Bookmark

A way to save favorite Web pages so you don't have to type in an Internet address

* Browser Software program

Used to view and interact with various kinds of Internet resources available on the World Wide Web. Netscape and Internet Explorer are the two most commonly used.

* Case Sensitive

When search engines recognize upper and lower case letters as being different, you cannot substitute capital letters for lower case ones or vice versa without affecting your desired outcomes. When in doubt, you use the appropriate case when entering your search statement.

* Database

An organized collection of information, data, or citations stored in electronic format that can be searched for specific information or records by techniques specific to each database

* Defining a topic

This is what you are doing when you are considering the correct vocabulary for your search. You may think of broader or more precise terms depending on how closely your initial results match what you need. Since search engine results are computer-generated, you should consider synonyms for your concepts in order to cover all the possible words that may be searchable.

* Domain

An organization on the Internet and all of its networked computers, or the internet name of that organization. Common examples of "domains" are:

.gov governmental domain
.mil military domain
.net network domain
.edu educational institution
.com Commercial

* HTML( HyperText Markup Language)

The formatting language used to create Web pages. Most documents available on the World Wide Web are written in HTML. To see the HTML code for the document you are presently reading, click on "VIEW" in the toolbar of your Web browser and then select "Document Source" or "Source" from the drop-down menu.

* HTTP( Hypertext Transfer Protocol)

The way information is moved from place to place on the World Wide Web.

Now that you have been armed with a few terms to help you reach your desired results why not start your search here with the internet. I will bring you more avenues to explore in Part 3.

I am learning internet marketing and creating a site offering business opportunities.

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