Edited by John Ishiyama, William J. Miller and Eszter Simon
Chapter 11: Promoting information literacy and information research
For many, access to information – political or otherwise – is no longer a problem. In less than a generation the Internet has provided easy admission to an almost limitless repository of data. Moreover, for those suitably connected, this revolution has radically changed information behaviors. Faced with a novel concept to fathom, where once a trip to the reference library would have been the common response, a quick browse using Google or a brief consultation with ‘Dr’ Wikipedia has become the new default. This is understandable given that both the ubiquitous search engine and the popular open-access encyclopedia often provide almost instant information gratification. More recently still, other features of ‘new media’ such as social networking sites and blogs have also become established information resources for a substantial proportion of college students (Head and Eisenberg 2011). A sizable number of scholars and other commentators on the human condition have examined the opportunities and problems presented by the superabundance of information made available through a variety of media, mostly of a technological flavor.
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