Okay, everyone, it’s time to admit it: we ALL (librarians included!) use the internet to find information on a regular basis. Google, Wikipedia, and even Twitter have become seemingly indispensible sources for anything and everything. I mean, where else are you going to quickly find out that answer to a crossword puzzle, why there is a protest going on across the street, the hours for your favorite coffee shop, or even why Olympic long jumpers are allowed so many attempts?
But the question remains: with so much information out there, how do we know what to trust? Where can we go to get valid information? A recent article (and I’ll be the first to admit that there are getting to be so many of these published that I’m starting to question even their validity) published this chart about the perceptions of trust-worthiness that most of us have about various kinds of websites out there.
But, as we all know, perception is not always reality (as the new Bourne Legacy movie forces us to consider). And this whole dilemma makes the prospect of gearing up for research paper season again all the more daunting, doesn’t it?
But, ladies and gents, guess what?! It doesn’t have to be! This is where your friendly UST librarian comes into play. We are all more than happy to help you figure out if that “perfect” source you found online happens to be as good as you really think it is. Heck, we even have a whole section of our website geared towards helping you figure it out yourselves if you’d like (in librarian-ese, this whole topic is called “information literacy”).
Check it out, and feel more comfortable in your search. You can even brag to your friends that you are positively “search-savvy!” (and if that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is!)