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Canada: Jones and Bartlett Publishers The quality of information on the internet varies from highly credible to very poor. No one regulates the information on the internet and anyone can set up a home page and claims anything. Wrong and misunderstanding information can harm someone or cause people to become worried, distraught, or paranoid. Here are some good questions for evaluating the reliability of information found on Internet sites: Are advertisements mixed with content?. Does it promise miracle cures or unbelievable results?. Does site ask you to give personal information, but not promise to keep it private?. Does site fail to link to other reliable health information?. Does the information on the site contradict what you have learned from a physician or a reputable health organization?. Also be wary of information found on bulletin boards, in chat rooms, in forwarded messages, and in e-mail messages.
Cronin, Blaise (2007). Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Vol. 41. New Jersey: Information Today, Inc. The internet may be perceive as a major source of low-quality information but Eysenbach et al. (2002) pointed out that inaccurate information was not a problem specific to the Web; they cited findings from other studies in which 76% of the information about oral hygiene from television, 53% from magazines and 12% from newspapers was in fact inaccurate. They also reported that the inaccuracy rates of information about healthy eating in printed sources were high: 55% in free advertising newspapers, 30% in general interest magazines, 17% in health
. Be suspicious of the organizations or individuals who might profit from the information they provide or who seems to have a particular “agenda”. R. for premature representation of findings as break through. Be aware of health information that attempts to arouse feeling of fear or anxiety. 5th Ed. Marton (2003) found that women perceive health care practitioners to be the most reliable source.. Books were rated second highest sources were Web-based bulletin boards and chat rooms. T. is sometimes presented in a way to convince you that it corresponds with established medical knowledge.S. Reliable health information is based solely on scientific research and information.M. Page. and for being alarmist. Web sites receive slightly higher rating than libraries. This indicates that the problem of credibility assessment of health information is not limited to the Internet. Page. When comparing the credibility of the Web with other kinds of information sources. or inaccurate. Promoting Health and Emotional Well-Being in Your Classroom. it is also present in other media. incomplete. and not one mere opinion.magazines and 14% in newspapers. . Headline news and media report of health issues have often been criticized for attributing too much certainty to research findings. The information is more likely to be accurate if credible health professionals and health organizations agree with it. however. Canada: Jones and Bartlett Publishers The source of the information is another clue about the reliability of the information. (2011). Unreliable information. Any organization or individual with a vested interest in a particular product or service may present information that is biased toward that particular interest.
they just say “I mostly used the internet.2. Larisa V. learning how to create appropriate websites.” indicating an absence of a human intellect in evaluating sources.A. U.S. What Successful Literacy Teachers Do. and learning how to access reliable journal databases. Many times when students are asked for their sources. Glasgow. How do you quickly find a site on the internet containing useful information related to your classroom unit and at an appropriate grade level? One strategy is to simply use a search .. need to learn how to judge the veracity of the information they read based upon the dependability and objectivity of the source of the information”. Students now. “The need for critical reading is increased as there is no vetting of most of the information that is posted on Web.: A Sage Publication Company The biggest problem. checking sources of internet sites. A second problem is outright plagiarism as student copy and paste internet information into their papers. Quebec: Springer inc. The tips here is to extend the potentially limited scope of how content literacy is defined beyond the textbook.Shavinina. N. International Handbook on Giftedness. Al.A. more than ever. Vol. (2007). is determining the validity and relevance of information from other sources. et. (2007). when the textbook is no longer the primary source of information. Some suggestions in the classroom include looking at websites to learn how to discern reliable information.
Washington. A 1992 journal article* identified some of the database developed by and uniquely available from public libraries: community- . the equipment. Sites are appropriate for ages 7-12. technical support. Library experiences with current commercial electronic information services indicates that several services tends to be priced for the institutional or corporate subscriber. Realizing the Information Future: the internet and beyond. Libraries offer access to the network. Network information resource provider.C.(1994). Al.: National Academy Press Equitable and ubiquitous access provider. Et. Searchopolis is a directory and search engine organized for students in the elementary grades. D. Affordable access. and not for the individual user who may have only occasional need for access to a small portion of an information source or database. and the information resources available through it.engine or a directory organized for teachers and children. one that also screens out sites inappropriate children. and high school. Yahooligans is a directory and a web guide designed for children. middle grades. National Research Council. KidsClick! Is a directory an search engine developed for kids by the Rampo Catskill Library System. and software needed to access it.
including electronic information resources. Training and assistance for the public. query files of questions frequently asked by the public.based information and referral files listing government and social services. Et. Access to government information. Library as electronic gateway. JOURNAL?? Jones. public libraries have trained staff available for consultation and training in the use of the library’ resource. Libraries of all types have more than 25 years of experience in using computer and communications technologies to link together to share bibliographic information for cataloging and interlibrary loan. Comparing Online Information Searching to Library Use Use Internet more than Library Use Internet and Library about the Same Use Internet less than Library Don’t Know 73% 16% 9% 2% . Unlike most sites for public access terminals. Accessibility and interactivity. Libraries have long had responsibilities under law and custom for partnering with governments to provide public information. Digital libraries will be accessible to new communities and a wider-range of user. Steve. (2008).Al. The Internet Goes to College. Washington: Pew Internet & Americal Life Project.
Of course when we can’t find what we happen to be looking for on the web we might not be so enthusiastic. rather than the library. Students tend use the internet prior to going to the library to find information. it enhanced convenience of consulting the internet over using any physical library. is the primary site of their information searches. Another difference between book and data is the exponential rate at which libraries of electronic data may expand. is very clear. and download the particular information that we want from sources anywhere on earth without having to leave our computer. Jeremy M. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of colleges students said they use the internet more than the library. California: historyofscience. except perhaps the library on the bookshelves of our home or office. selected from the list provided by the search engine. it was noted that the majority of students time was not spent using the library resource online. That does not mean that . One of the most phenomenal accomplishments of the search engines is that they threat all the information on the internet as if it is one gigantic worldwide library. During direct observation of college students use of the internet in a library and in campus computer labs. (2005). In our own research. Vol. From Gutenberg to the Internet: A sourcebook on the history of information technology. In response to a general question about overall library use. Novato. 2. 80% of college students reported using the library less than three hours each week. while only 9% said they use the library more then the internet for information searching. Norman. an overwhelming number of colleges students reported that the internet.com When we click on a URL.The convenience of the internet is likely tempting students to rely very heavily on it when searching for academic resources.
has proven to be a wonderful way to find. Novato. buy and sell millions of printed boo . So far books have been replaced by web information only to a very limited extent. While the internet has substituted online databases or new cooperative publications such as the previously mentioned Wikipedia for certain classes of expensive but frequently updated books like encyclopedia. differ from libraries of electronic data in basic ways that have to do with the different roots of information science and information technology. (2005). Norman. 2. It is not the practical goal of the search engine to provide a complete listing of every source that is relevant to all questions. California: historyofscience. From Gutenberg to the Internet: A sourcebook on the history of information technology. no matter how large.com An early reaction to the explosive growth of the web was the prediction that the internet would someday replace printed books. Jeremy M. This concern was partly based in the observation that television news credited for causing a major declines in newspaper readership. that may not be possible. and an increasing number of books and other publications are now available on the internet in digital form.when a search engine responds to a query that its answer is technically complete for all information on the internet. Physical libraries of books. and most important to rank the information it finds in order of relevance to our query so that we can use the most relevant results to answer our question in the way that is best for us. rather than replacing most books with electronics publication. the internet. Vol. What the search engine is attempting to do is to index as much of the information on the internet as possible. Information science developed as a way of classifying and organizing information recorded in manuscript of print.
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