Presearch contemplation leads to admirable results. Without that, results can be mediocre at best and totally off target at worst. Note the author's talking about research here, not a quick look-up, which may not require much time between a question being posed and terms entered at a search engine. Dan Russell, in the search challenges he poses at SearchReSearch (http://searchresearchl.blogspot.com), often gives useful search hints. He once suggested thinking like fact-checkers. For example, if asked, "What is the circumference of the earth?" the fact-checker would realize no one could physically walk the circumference to measure it, but NASA would have the best opportunity to come up with a reasonable guesstimate.
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