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Google Is Your Friend (GIYF)... or IS it?

Poll #850606 Google Is Your Friend (GIYF)... or IS it?

Google is your friend

Strongly disagree
3(9.7%)
Disagree
3(9.7%)
Neutral
8(25.8%)
Agree
9(29.0%)
Strongly agree
8(25.8%)

Could you elaborate on that?



The context of this poll is that nowadays, I hear as many people say that they find "Google is your friend" condescending and irritating as I hear the phrase itself.

Please comment.

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Banazir

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orangerful
Oct. 22nd, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Google has it's uses and is great if you've been trained on how to evaluate web sources.

As a public librarian, I use Google to help me find those more vague patron questions. For example, someone said they checked out a children's book once that had a little girl and her grandpa hunting a crocodile and it had lots of cajun dialect. Well, the cataloger at the library hdq did not mention any of these things in the item record, but a quick search of all those terms in google helped me narrow down a set of titles.

But, it makes me worry when people (of ALL ages) just google something and don't question beyond that. When it comes to getting specifics and facts, Google is a valid starting point but should never be the entire search. With this day and age, even if we can't find a book on the shelf, there are TONS of databases with better information (and information that's FAR easier to cite) than anything on Google.

Definately has a love hate relationship, since not everyone has been trained with search techniques or how to tell if a website is bogus or not.
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