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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

A Basic Search Lesson from My Archives

The “recollections” characteristic is nearly the one factor I like about Fb lately. This morning Fb jogged my memory of a reminiscence from my first time attending the BETT Present in London again in 2014. That reminiscence included a first-hand reminder of why it is best to think about different phrases and phrases when conducting analysis. Here is what I wrote concerning the expertise 9 years in the past…

I’m at present in London, England for the BETT Present and TeachMeet BETT 2014. As is the case with most flights going to Europe from the east coast of the U.S. my flight left within the night and arrived in London in the midst of the morning. This meant that I used to be too early to examine into my lodge. I knew this forward of time and figured that I may most likely examine my baggage on the ExCel Convention Middle the place the BETT Present is being held. I wished to verify this forward of time so I spent a while looking on the BETT and ExCel web sites for “coat examine,” “bag examine,” “coat room,” and “bag storage” within the hopes of confirming my assumption. My searches had been fruitless.

Ultimately I confirmed my assumption a few baggage examine after I stumbled upon a map of the convention heart. In shopping across the map I found a “cloakroom.” Once I hear “cloak” I immediately consider the Rely Chocula character from the cereal packing containers of the 1980’s (my mom by no means allow us to eat that form of cereal regardless of our pleas). I by no means thought to make use of the phrase “cloak” in any of my searches for details about storing my jacket and small bag for the afternoon. Cloak is simply not an everyday a part of my American vernacular.

I’ve little doubt that college students typically run into roadblocks of their searches for a similar purpose that I didn’t discover something in my searches; we’re caught in our personal vernacular. Had I used a thesaurus after I obtained caught, I most likely would have discovered the phrase cloak and confirmed my assumptions about checking my baggage for the day. The lesson right here is when your search has hit a roadblock, strive a thesaurus to seek out phrases which may lead you to higher search outcomes.

P.S. that journey to the BETT Present additionally lead me to assembly Sophie Ellis-Bextor with out understanding that she was well-known. That is a narrative for one more time. 

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