questionswhat site do you use to learn new information?

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I'll let you know the first time Wikipedia doesn't have the answer.

Usually I click the sources on the article for a first jump away from there. If I want to know something very specific, I Google for that very specific thing. If I want to know general things...that really doesn't happen often.

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it depends on what i'm trying to learn. for example, if it's about politics, I go to The Onion.

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@omnichad: There's some stuff Wiki doesn't go into detail on. For instance, a while back I wanted to learn about guitar amps, how to differentiate between mids, highs, and lows, etc...basically learn the details about tone. I couldn't find anything on Wiki that really went into it.

@inkycatz: Google is usually good, but sometimes the junk gets priority over the good stuff. In the above query, it took me a while to find something actually useful.

It's entirely possible I just suck at searching though.

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@thedogma: A good Google query looks weird. You have to cherry-pick your words and don't forget the minus sign modifier to weed out ad keywords. Including "-cart -bag" for example will get rid of a lot of sites with a shopping cart, without cutting out relevant pages for a lot of subjects.

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@thedogma: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/tipstricks/
They had a power searching class this summer, too! Also in my former life I was a researcher (and thus predisposed and biased to Google), so you don't really just unlearn years of having to find things very quickly. :)

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@inkycatz: Thanks for the link! I did sign up for that power searching class but honestly never got around to it.

@omnichad: Never knew about that trick. That will definitely come in handy haha

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@thedogma: Yeah, I signed up for it too* but it fell during my maximum busy time this summer and now that I actually have a spare minute and a half before all the fall holidays it sure would have been nice.

* because I love learning new things

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Quora, Reddit (/r/todayilearned, explainlikeimfive, etc.), Wikipedia, Wikihow... they are good things.

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Broad question. I have a lot of go-to sites for specific sites. Like if I need to fix something on my bike and don't already know how, I check out Part Tool's site and various forums A lot of good info on there.

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I go to my brain. I find the answers I make up are way better than the truth.

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Newegg or Amazon for the product reviews. Particularly in the case of features of guitar amps (or just go to Guitar Center or a similar music store) - I find product reviews to be very helpful.

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As a certified "Power Searching with Google" completer I believe you have your answer. @inkycatz: You probably knew all of the material anyway. :)

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Because I am in an academic library, I have access to many databases from the Gale group which I use often. If I still cant find the answer, I will Google it.

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Really depends on the field. There are still some trusted metaspiders used, New Scientist and Google, depending on the search.