The power of search is undeniable. I realize that as a research scientist on the Search team I might be just a little biased, but the educational value of having the answer to any question at your fingertips is pretty powerful. Access to this world of information is only part of the puzzle though; actually knowing how to search is a skill.

To help you sharpen those search skills, we’re re-opening the Power Searching with Google online course starting February 8th. Through this free two-week course, we’ll show you new ways to be a great power searcher and share techniques that will sharpen your research skills. We’ll cover a wide variety of topics, from the advanced search operators (such as filetype: and site:), to the proper use of quote marks, to how to assess a web site’s credibility.

This course will run from Monday February, 8th through Sunday, February 21st. But if you can’t make that time, don’t worry, as we’ll be running this class continuously every two weeks until June. The next class will begin on Feb 22, then again on March 7, then March 21, and so on.

When you complete the course and pass the midterm and final exams, not only will have greatly increased your search skills, but you’ll also get a fancy certificate. And who doesn’t love a certificate!?

Register for the course now and we hope to see you there soon. In the meantime, here's a video explaining a bit more about what this course is all about: