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Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers


This hands-on course focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and online searching. Participants will use various online search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and online search techniques. This class focuses on search tips and techniques for online search engines. Search strategies for popular or propriety health science databases are not explored. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. Participants will engage in discussions, exercises and view short demonstrations as a part of the class. The class includes: discussions of web search engines, strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions. Class participants will gain new knowledge and experience with new search engines and search strategies. Knowledge gained in this class will broaden general search skills.


Participants will be able to:

  • perform searches using the advanced features of various search engines to quickly identify useful websites and information resources;
  • communicate the differences between various search engines and justify the choice of search engine for a given information need;
  • locate archived and older versions of websites which may no longer be in use;
  • search for various types of results including specific file and media types;
  • identify new trends in online searching;
  • demonstrate familiarity with web resources covered in the course.

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This course has been approved for 4 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education Units.


Middle Atlantic Region

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator, ,

Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies Evaluation Coordinator,

Update Author

Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM South Central Region

Original Author

Bryan Vogh, former Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region