In this digital age, millions of people are now using the internet to search countless things. With unending information and resources on the web, there is practically nothing you cannot know in the world. But how do you begin?
1) The importance of maintaining a schedule and setting a time limit
It is always best to be prepared for everything. Hence, when you create a schedule, include not only the time you need to research, but also set aside time for the many times you will be distracted. This will help you to understand how much time you will actually need to complete your research on a topic and stay on track.
2) Start (but don’t stop) with Wikipedia
Wikipedia is great for getting an overview of a particular topic and finding further sources. You can pick keywords, resources, suggested and related links to further your research. But, since it is a community generated platform, avoid using it as your only source.
3) Using specific phrases, unique keywords & the advanced search function
Make the most of Google! With few hacks, you can get exactly the information you want with unique keywords, specific phrases and commands in Google’s Advanced Search Function. For example, search your phrase within “ ” to find results with the exact same phrase.
4) Utilise Google Scholar & Google Books
Nothing can be better than having journals and textbooks from known scholars. Make Google Scholar and Google Books an essential part of your research for in-depth knowledge of your topic. Plus, you don’t have to go through thousands of results not related to your search!
5) The benefits of using Quora
Quora is an amazing community of people from various walks of life, actively engaging in discussions. Get answers to your questions, read various opinions and perspectives on your topic from students just like you.
A PC can go a long way to learn and research with the right information and tools, making studying much more organised for you and enjoyable at the same time. Happy Studying!
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.