Fellow readers, to be quite honest, I am frustrated and have no idea why Rheingold bothered to write a chapter on crap detection in “Net Smart.” Thus, the purpose for this blog; I want to put your mind at ease as you conduct your searches. It is not rocket science to figure out how to find what you need to know online. Do not fear the results of your searches online. There is absolutely no need to panic because this is an easy task. You should feel confident in your searches. Although Google is a prominent search engine that many use, there really is no need to consider which to use. Again, it doesn’t matter whether you choose to use Google or not. They are pretty much all the same. It’s a misconception that some search engines index and archive your previous searches, thus filtering your recent ones. This is not true at all. Sure, you’ll get different results but that’s simply showing you that there are a variety of articles and information to choose from; and if you’re unsure as to which to choose from, then simply search on that until you’re satisfied and find what you need.
Don’t be afraid to use Wikipedia, this is absolutely a reliable source. If you’re worry about bias, then you can use Hardwhois to find out who owns the site if it makes you feel better. However, please keep in mind that there is no such thing as a credibility meter in this online world. Yes, this means that even with sites ending with .gov, .edu, .org, this doesn’t mean that it carries more scientific or scholarly material/weight than say wordpress.com. They are explicitly categorical labels. I will even go on to add that your first search page would likely yield the best results as to what your probably searching for; this is called PageRank. So, don’t waste your time clicking onto page 2 or beyond! As with anything, it just takes some practice. Follow these guidelines and I assure you that you’re bound not to fail. Happy Searching!