When and Why to Use Internet Information

There are so many times in our lives where we turn to the internet for answers. It was not always this way, and the last ten years have show an incredible change in our society. We now look to the internet for whatever we may need, when we used to turn to books, magazines, articles, manuals, or first hand information. Internet information has dominated all others, but many question the value and quality of internet information. Recently, during a class project, I was told that we needed five sources. Not surprisingly, only one of those five sources could be taken from internet information. The rest had to be in the form of printed information, and at first I thought nothing of it. Most college professors seem to dislike when students use internet information for courses, but I had to ask myself why that is so. Maybe it is because internet information is easy to find, and that simply would not be enough work for students to do. Of course another reason is probably because many do not trust the validity of internet information. But if a student finds an internet source, checks the references, and they do indeed check out, why not use that source? It also got me thinking about the text book industry and how it relates to universities. I wonder if college professors require certain text books because they want to keep the author making money. I hope that in most cases, that is not true. I remember taking courses in college where the book was actually written by the professor. It makes you wonder, but in my case, the book was quite good. Either way, internet information is quite useful in many different scenarios. If you know when and how to use internet information, then you will be very successful. There are plenty of academic situations where using internet information is the right choice. Still, any student better be comfortable with using traditional methods. I think that everybody should remember that the best place to get information is always the first, direct source. So be careful about internet information, but not so careful that you completely stay clear of it.

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