A Basic Search Lesson from My Archives


The “reminiscences” characteristic is nearly the one factor I like about Fb today. 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 you need to take into account 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 course of the morning. This meant that I used to be too early to test into my resort. I knew this forward of time and figured that I may in all probability test my baggage on the ExCel Convention Middle the place the BETT Present is being held. I needed to verify this forward of time so I spent a while looking out on the BETT and ExCel web sites for “coat test,” “bag test,” “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 test after I stumbled upon a map of the convention heart. In looking across the map I found a “cloakroom.” After I hear “cloak” I immediately consider the Rely Chocula character from the cereal bins of the 1980’s (my mom by no means allow us to eat that type 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 question that college students generally 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 bought caught, I in all probability 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, attempt a thesaurus to search out phrases that may lead you to raised search outcomes.

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


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