A Few Common Misconceptions About Email Spam

We’ve all received them: unsolicited messages about cheap prescription drugs, dating sites or business opportunities involving mysterious foreign nationals and the transfer of millions of dollars. But although it’s easy enough to hit “delete” on that spam email, each of these messages actually forms part of a major industry brewing under the surface. To shed […]

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Can I Trust Wikipedia? A Social Web Case Study

”Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” These oft-quoted words from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales demonstrate an interesting paradox: how can an information source be lauded as a modern-day Library of Alexandria while at the same […]

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How Should We Teach Information Literacy in Schools?

Q: When the majority of information moves from print to digital form, we need a new set of critical skills in order to find what we need and use if properly. Many students get to college without having learned much in the way of information literacy, although professors often expect it was already taught. How […]

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A Close Look at the Google Panda Algorithm Update [Infographic]

Q: I heard someone talking about the one-year anniversary of Google Panda. What were they talking about? It’s been over a year since Google took a major step towards combating spam by making a change that came to be known as the Panda Update. Search engines frequently tweak their algorithms for displaying results, and this […]

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How to Evaluate Podcasts: Tips for Finding the Best Podcasts

Q: I like to listen to podcasts, but do you have any tips on how to find the best ones? Podcasts, defined as a type of digital media with an episodic series of files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication, are a great way to consume information. (Skip to our list of best podcasts) […]

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Why Blogs are Peer Reviewed Sources

This post originally appeared on Andrew J Walsh.com, and is reproduced here with permission. In academia, peer review is the process that is supposed to separate the trustworthy from the unreliable, the conclusive from the flawed, the groundbreaking from the mundane. Before a work can be published, a rigorous review by a carefully selected group […]

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