Most reliable search tool could be your librarian | CNET News.com

I must admit it’s gratifying to get a nod of support from SearchEngineWatch.com, the expert on searching. The article below discusses some of the ways in which librarians still add value to the research process. I do agree with the author of this article and would surely encourage everyone at the University engaged in more than a cursory search to talk to the Reference Faculty. However, having said that, I would like to point out that there may be some issues with the example used in this article.

The site used as evidence for Google’s unreliability is a white supremacist site on Martin Luther King, Jr. This site looks quite informative and authentic and comes up high in the Google rankings. Therefore, librarians use it often as a teaching tool for students about why evaluation is necessary. Ironically, the fact that many library guides link to the page probably contributes to its prominent positioning in Google search results. If you want to see it for yourself, you’ll have to Google it, I’m not going to link to it here. 🙂 To learn more about how Google and other search engines work, take a look at SearchEngineWatch.com.

Most reliable search tool could be your librarian | CNET News.com
Your child wants to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. You might consider consulting a librarian instead of Google, AOL or Microsoft search engines.

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