• http://twitter.com/fims01 Tom – FIMS

    I am from the generation which did not have Google as it is now whilst studying, however would still advise the use of books, as still more stringent proof reading, etc than a lot of stuff online.

    Ensure that stuff found online is verified offline as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sharithurow sharithurow

    Good article and great study. As both a teacher/instructor and an aunt, I have found that students rely very heavily on research online and do not know how to show proper citation.

    I wish teachers, instructors, and professors would make every effort to show students how to properly cite and use online content and to show how to conduct effective searches online.

    My 2 cents.

  • roseberry

    Google is not a source – it leads you to sources. A teacher’s job is to help students understand which of those sources that Google leads you to are good and which aren’t. Even before the internet, there were plenty of sources that shouldn’t be used in research (certain magazines, interviews, etc.) and yes, there were a lot fewer of them, but students still had to learn reputable vs. non-reputable sources.

    As for the debate about online vs. book, I think it’s time to put that to bed. 10 years ago there was probably more to be said for research done with offline sources, but now with most major journals having their content online and Google scholar and book search getting you virtually any source electronically that you could get in print, i don’t really see the difference – except that maybe the online version can be updated more frequently and kept current.

    And I’d agree with Shari – the issue isn’t where the sources are, it’s the adaptation of teaching styles to teach a different type of citation. It’s more complicated with a lot more content to sift through (and weed out) and it’s not always cut and dry. That’s not an altogether easy thing to get across to students who believe everything they read on Wikipedia (which is a decent place to start digging, but in itself is not a source).

  • Dan Mimis

    All the research tools mentioned in the first table can be saved in a DiCheetal group. That will allow students and their teachers to get results about 100X faster — every time they search! — than using a simple search engine. DiCheetal is also the only search tool (we call it Searchelerator) one can use to identify and use only safe/trusted sites that will deliver the most trustworthy info available.

  • http://www.velezmedia.com/ Alexandra Velez

    In 1997, my teachers taught us you can’t believe everything you read online. :) The background of author or source of the article was heavily emphasized back then to sort wheat from chaff.

    In 2003, I had access a wide variety academic journals with peer-reviewed articles at our finger tips thanks to the internet. Questia was pretty helpful in certain subjects.

    While searching Google doesn’t equate to research, it certainly is helpful for finding credible information on many subjects. I still enjoy starting my research online.

  • http://www.submitshop.co.uk/blog Submitshop UK

    Great post you have shared with us. I think online source is
    the best way to learn things if we know how to find quality content so it’s the
    duty of the teacher & instructor to make their students perfect in search.

  • http://www.socialbakers.com/ Peter Kelly

    Teachers on my high school, and then on college, always told me that it’s not so important to know things, but you always have to know, where to find this information. It comes down to “being a good Googler”. Yes, Google is not a source of information, it is only a medium leading you to the sources of information and one must always know how to differentiate the reliable sources from the unreliable ones.

  • vargh

    The important part is not citation but understanding how to know and think about who created a source, why, whether it’s been reviewed, and how much it can be relied on..