If you’re looking to find quality information online, you must know that you’re time is valuable. You can spend all day hunting around on the off-chance you’ll find the site you want. But there are some very good resources online to help you to find this information quickly and with a minimum of fuss. I’m going to tell you about three good sources to start your online research.
First of all, you should always go to Google. There’s a good chance if there’s a page you want, Google will have indexed it. So just go to the standard Google search bar, type in a good term which reflects what you’re looking for, and look at the first page of results. Generally, if there’s a good source of the information that you want, it will appear in that first page. And often it will be right at the top at number one, or possibly slightly below at number two or three.
You don’t need to go straight to the page by clicking on it. You can very quickly look at the title of the page and the two or three lines of information that Google supplies with it. By looking at this and seeing if it looks like the kind of information you want, you can see quickly if this is what you need.
If this isn’t the best result for you, you can consider refining your search, perhaps by adding two or three more words to the search term your using. By doing this, you should quickly find information online — if it is available online — in one of the top Google matches.
Another great resource for finding information online is Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a huge online encyclopedia consisting of many millions of pages, all of which have been produced and edited by human volunteers. They might be pages in any topic, whether you want to find out details of the plot of the latest episode of your favorite sitcom, or you’re looking to find out the name of a painter from the 17th century. You can find all of this on Wikipedia.
By going directly to Wikipedia and typing in the search term of interest in the bar, you’ll see quickly if there’s a page on this which will satisfy your online query. And because anyone can go ahead and edit Wikipedia, you can be sure that the information is kept up-to-date and that any unreliable information can quickly be removed from this online encyclopedia service.
A further place you might want to look to find information online is to go directly through company websites. The good news about going to particular companies is they have a vested interest in making sure the information is kept up-to-date and accurate. So if you’re looking for details of a product you’re considering buying, you’ll find a good amount of information on it usually at the company website. It may not always be presented from a completely unbiased view, so you have to take that into account when you’re making a decision.
If you’re looking for support or help from a technical product, you can always find this directly on a company website. And this will save you a lot of hunting around to see if anyone else has been landed with the same issue that you may have discovered. So a company website will always be a good place to look for information when this is related to one particular company.
There are a number of great sites for finding information online, but I suggest that you start with these three options. First of all, go to Google. Just look at the top results of a fairly sensible search. If you find what you’re looking for, this will save you a lot of trouble. Failing that, if it’s a standard amount of research you’re interested in, go to Wikipedia, the large, online, freely edited encyclopedia. You may also want to go straight to a company website and see if they can supply information which will be of use to you.
By putting these three sources together, you have very quickly gathered some of the best resources for finding information online at your fingertips.