Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
LibGuides Pathfinders created by Stephen Taylor (@sjtylr) for the Faculty of Western Academy of Beijing. Icons from FlatIcon.com unless otherwise credited.
A Search-master can quickly and reliably access quality resources, find media and navigate the internet with efficiency and skill.
Google-fu is a practised set of digital approaches to learning skills.
It's Not Just Google
Although "to Google" has become a verb, it's not the only search engine and - depending on the purpose - it's not always the best. Check out some great alternatives to Google below.
Wolfram | Alpha
A "computational search engine", Wolfram|Alpha has to be tried to be believed. Instead of just presenting information, W|A will mine databases and calculate outcomes. AND it provides reference lists of where it got all the data. If you need to search for anything to do with data, try Wolfram|Alpha out.
How to Use Google Effectively
Pro-Tip: Find The Expert
When you are researching a topic, how can you quickly find the expert(s) in the field?
- Most-cited authors, creators or organisations
- Known experts and leaders in the field
- Reliable authors
Expertise cannot be replaced by Googling and surface learning.
Translate full pages or highlight short sections. Used carefully, this can be very helpful.
Cleans up the page, to make it easier to read.
Print Friendly & PDF
Makes clean, printable versions of web pages. Click to remove images, text, extra bits and ads.