- Think before you search. What exactly am I looking for? You may have only a vague idea what you need, but be as clear about what you know as you can be. Choose the clearest keywords for your queries. Two to five keywords is a good rule of thumb.
- Think before you search. Who would know the answer I am looking for? Where would that person or organization keep its information? If your goal is to find trustworthy information, seek out recognized experts.
- Look carefully at your search results. Better keywords are often hidden in the results. There's a good chance you will strengthen your vocabulary in the process.
- Fact check your findings. It takes only seconds to pull strong keywords out of posts or articles to see if facts hold up.
- Don't take the first answer you find. Taking the fastest route possible should not be confused with characteristics of fluency. Fast answers may also be wrong answers.
That's a reasonable start.