Research tips

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Projects often require research, and if you are doing research, you are online. We all know how to utilize search engines, however not everyone has been introduced to some cool features that search engines offer to assist you in making your searches quicker and more refined. Below are some tips to get you started. The examples utilize google.

Search operators

If you wanted to find out more about project management, you might type “project management” into google to get information. That’s a great starting point. But there are some other things you can do. If you want to get results on project management specifically from a website like you could use the “site:” operator like so: “project management” and the results you get will be from that particular site.

Image of google search for "project management" utilizing "site:" operator.

When you find a website that contains useful information you may want to find other sites with related content to expand your search. You could use the “related:” operator to accomplish this. To find sites related to you would type: “” and the results will contain sites similar to it.

Context menu

When you right-click on something a context menu is opened. This gives you some options to make your searches easier. If you are reading a page and you come across an unfamiliar term or phrase, highlight and then right-click to bring up the context menu. You will see an option that allows you to search for what you highlighted. Click on that and a new page will open with results from that search.

It can be a hassle to click on a link and be taken to another page when you still need information from the page you are currently on. To avoid this simply right-click on the link and when the context menu appears, select the option that says “Open link in new tab.”

Happy searching!


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