There’s an article over at vnunet that addresses a real danger of the Internet age: that search engines make us dumb. The author states that

Search engines are dangerous because they limit our ability to discover.”

How true. Many Internet search gurus have begun to describe research via search engine as “passive searching” — we enter search terms into a Google or a AllTheWeb, and peacefully accept the results we are given. Wrong.

Learn to develop a “hunter mentality,” and inject an active element into your searches. Don’t just trust that the results you get from Google is “all that’s out there” on your topic.