Does Google Make You Stupid? (2)

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Does Google Make You Stupid? (2)

  1. 1. Does Google Make You Stupid? “ It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it”
  2. 2. Implicit trust in Google/Internet <ul><li>Tendency to implicitly trust information found on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Trust that 1st pages of results are most relevant and important, & that </li></ul><ul><li>Google’s values are the same as you </li></ul><ul><li>Cool image of Google </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lack of Intelligent Use <ul><li>Assumption that new college entrants have grown up with Internet = expert searchers </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t understand how search engines behave & how websites are constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Web searching not always efficient & quick </li></ul><ul><li>- “Pancake people = spread wide and thin” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Failure to Search Other Sources/Use Internet as Main Source <ul><li>1 st port of call for most students when starting an assignment </li></ul><ul><li>What about using a number of different sources? </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturers concerned about this </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to rely on Google/to be lazy </li></ul><ul><li>Only c.40% of Internet indexed by Google </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lack of Evaluation of Information <ul><li>The more a student uses the Internet, the more they trust the information & don’t question it </li></ul><ul><li>Disengaging of ability to interpret text </li></ul><ul><li>Students not distinguishing between documents found via Google search & ones found on full-text database subscribed to by Library </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Some say research quality of student work submitted has fallen with rise of Internet use </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia- “fallacy of infallible collective” </li></ul><ul><li> Information illiterate or lazy? </li></ul><ul><li> Underlines the importance of information literacy/instruction in this area </li></ul><ul><li> Not whether you use it but how </li></ul>
  7. 7. In Conclusion- <ul><li>“ It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it - </li></ul><ul><li>“ And that’s what gets results” </li></ul><ul><li>Bananarama & Fun Boy Three </li></ul><ul><li>1982 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bibliography <ul><li>BEISINGER, R., Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth, Technology Review, http://www.technologyreview.com/web/21558/?a=f . </li></ul><ul><li>BROPHY, J. (2005) Is Google enough? Comparison of an internet search engine with academic library resources, ASLIB Proceedings , 57, 498-512. </li></ul><ul><li>CARR, N. Is Google making us stupid?, The Atlantic , July/August 2008. http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google (17 Dec 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>HALL, P. (2002) Not all sources are created equal: Student research, source equivalence & the net, Internet Reference Services Quarterly , 7, 13-21. </li></ul><ul><li>LANIER, J. Digital Maoism: the hazards of the new online collectivism, Edge: The Third Culture , 30th May 2006. http://www,edge.org/3rd_culture/lanier06/lanier06_index.html (17 Dec 2008). </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>MARKLAND, M. (2005) Does the student’s love of the search engine mean that high quality online resources are being missed?, Performance Measurement and Metrics , 6, 19-31. </li></ul><ul><li>ROWLANDS, I. (2008) The Google generation: The information behaviour of the researcher of the future, ASLIB Proceedings , 60, 290-310. </li></ul><ul><li>THOMPSON, C. (2003) Information illiterate or lazy: How college students use the web for research, Portal: Libraries & the Academy , 3, 259-268 </li></ul><ul><li>WOGALTER, M.S. (2008) Trusting the Internet: cues affecting perceived credibility, International Journal of Technology & Human Interaction , 4, 76-94. </li></ul>

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