What type of web searcher are you? Do you just type a keyword or two in the Omnibox and wait for Google to spit out the perfect search suggestion? Or do you take advantage of all the advanced search operators to narrow down your results?
Regardless of how you search, you can always sharpen your skills further. And the best way to do that? Take this free Google course that goes at your own personal pace.
Solve Any Problem With a Power Search
Google’s Inside Search offers two training modules: Power Searching with Google and Advanced Power Searching.
The PowerSearchingWithGoogle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has 6 classes with 4-5 lessons. Each lesson has different activities and exercises that will help you practice the search skills taught. For immediate feedback, there is a mid-class test and an end of class test. Google says:
“If you get 70 percent correct on the tests, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion in your course profile page.”
The Advanced Power Searching class will pit you alongside your peers with complex real-world search problems. Think of it as the final walk on the coals you need to pass to be called a true search pro. For instance, you have to find the solution this puzzle using advanced search techniques.
Can you find the name of the ruins and when they were built?
The best kind of search is the result of a step-by-step process and logic. One of the more basic skills you will learn here is that you need to go from a broad search to a narrow one. The power of Google’s inexhaustible knowledge base is at your beck and call with the right kind of operators.
Match your wits with the global community across the 12 challenges in the course. Tell us in the comments how you fared.
Use These Search Skills Every Day
Search isn’t only about finding information… it is also about finding the right set of facts. In the age of fake news, support your decision-making with precision search skills.
Which is one complex problem you solved with a Google Search? How do you rate yourself as a power searcher?