Usually the polar star is identified based on Pointing stars in Big dipper(saucepan) shape..
Compared to big dipper, it is easier to identify Orion's belt. Would that help me to identify Polar star?
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Would that help me to identify Polar star?
In the above picture, you will see that in the Orion belt, if you construct an imaginary line that passes through Saiph, Meissa (to be specific, the star that lies between Betelgeuse and Bellatrix) it will certainly pass through Capella, and it lead slightly below the pole star Polaris.
Note: the above image is taken with respect to Northern Hemisphere, if you can point Saiph and Meissa , It also works in Southern Hemisphere (Only if you observe Half a Degree south of equator)
This is mostly to show that the image in Kavin's answer is just an artifact of the projection used. I have turned on the equitorial grid lines and placed Orion horizontally equal with Polaris, so that a straight line from Orion to Polaris remains a straight line in the projection.
As you can see, no bright stars in Orion form a line towards Polaris. However, Rigel and Capella do make a descent pointer to Polaris.