# Is it ok to use our MSE peers as search engines?

I am from Brazil, this means that my vocabulary for english is very poor, in relation to my vocabulary in portuguese - which is my native languange. Sometimes when I ask stuff, I try to search some terms about my interest first and then I give up, sometimes people come up and say: "This is a duplicate" or "this was already asked before". When I read the title of the question given by MSE users, it's usually something I'd never think about asking. So I believe it's better to ask it, if someone points it as a duplicate I can vote to close or delete it.

As long as you made an honest effort to search first, there is no shame in asking what turns out to be a duplicate. In addition to the built-in search, you should try Google search with the operator site:math.stackexchange.com -- it often brings up more relevant results.