Opinion: Pros and Cons of Google vs. Subscription Databases (Government Technology)

Government Technology: Opinion: Pros and Cons of Google vs. Subscription Databases. “Students’ media literacy is dependent upon their ability to evaluate published sources, which isn’t always easy with search engine results. Google prioritizes its results independent of author biases or factual legitimacy, leaving students to evaluate which sources are best. But research from Stanford University has shown that most students don’t look beyond Google’s top hits on any given topic. This leaves users susceptible to specious information, wrongly believing Google is somehow designed to work in the interest of veracity. Based on a helpful chart from UC Merced, here’s a quick comparison of the three research sources most used by students.”

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