“History and the Internet” Blog Post

Growing up in the Internet age has allowed for me to have a good understanding about the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of the Internet. Back in middle school, I recall listening to a lecture from the school’s librarian about how people can easily publish false information on the Internet (the example they used was looking up “tree octopus,” which clearly does not exist). Now that I am older and can use the Internet for research on college papers, I still keep those lessons in mind. However, I also need to continue to learn about how to not only avoid false information, but how to find the information I am looking for.

Using the Internet to search for sources for a research paper can be helpful, but it also can hurt the user. Just as the text states, “the Internet does not have the organization. . .of an online catalog or index, nor does it employ the review process that many publishers of journals and monographs use to assure quality publications” (Presnell 136). Because of this lack of organization, even using a very specific search heading can lead to thousands of results. While a portion of these search results can be beneficial to the research, there is also an equal (if not more grand) portion of search results can also contain unofficial sources, incorrect information, and computer viruses. Using a library or archival database can not only help lessen the bombardment of sources thrown at the user, but they can also sort through the false information one can find in a simple search engine.

 

Sarah E Jones

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