Search Skills

In the Excelsior College Information Literacy Tutorial section on Learning to Search, you will learn how to develop search skills, including choosing the most appropriate words to use when you search, and combining these words.

Search skills will help you find the material you need for your exam and papers. It can also be a critically important process for professionals, such as nurses, who must make life or death decisions.

Knowing how to alternatively focus or expand your search can help you find the material you need more quickly. The search process requires persistence and possibly trying different approaches to find what you need. It is rare to find exactly what you need in your first search attempt. Use the suggestions listed to focus on the skills you will need to be a successful searcher.