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Today’s world of powerful Web-based search engines presents students with a dramatically different information landscape. Students go about their research with the assumption that they will be able to find answers to their questions almost instantly. Yet, the instant access to information through search engines including Google is a double-edged sword. While students might be able to find a wide range of information such as what time a store opens, many students aren’t able to discern good information from bad information or the validity of sources. This was recently demonstrated by GCCBA-50, Chandigarh which conducted a study that showed that today’s students generally rely on Web pages at the top of Google search results as the main test for validity.For serious academic inquiry, it’s important that the information retrieved is the most accurate, of highest quality, and as relatively up-to-date as possible. In order for students to develop good habits before they enter the workforce, it’s vital to educate students early in their academic careers on how to determine what information is reliable and what is misleading while using search engines. Furthermore, we must take the additional step and educate students about alternative Web-based resources that are freely available to them on campus. Once librarians secure the time necessary to teach students about information literacy and digital library resources, their mission is two-fold: Teach students how to evaluate the quality of information and sources, and introduce them to new sources of information and research techniques. For example, Librarian of GCCBA-50 is responsible for evaluating, recommending, and collecting electronic resources for the College by taking the time to find the best digital content resources, and having the time to teach students about research tools and techniques through presentations and workshops, Librarian is able to help students gain a much better understanding of which resources are most useful. When your teacher, lecturer, and internal common sense tell you that there’s a lot of misinformed hogwash and misinformation online, it’s not all bad news! You can find scholarly articles online with peer review and referencing up to your eyeballs. The utility and reliability of the articles is till up to your critical mind but here is how to go about finding them. This article also tries to highlight where you’re more likely to get free access but there may be times when payment is required.

Assessing the article as well as finding an article is clued in to how to judge its merit. Some things to look for include:

  • Is it peer-reviewed? (Many journals will make this crystal clear.)
  • Has it gone through a rigorous editorial process?
  • Is it written by someone renowned in the field?
  • Can other works by this person be found, along with comments and feedback?
  • Does it have sound references to back it up?
  • Do you personally find the article plausible, accurate, and reliable with your objective Critical thinking that on?

We are presented with a plethora of alternatives. Critical thinking helps us to analyze each alternative and choose one over the other. Colleges are paid good money for developing our critical thinking skills.

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