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Friday, September 29, 2006

Most reliable search tool could be your librarian

CNET News.com: "Your child wants to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. You might consider consulting a librarian instead of Google, AOL or Microsoft search engines.
Using the keywords 'Martin Luther King,' the first result on Google and AOL--whose search is powered by Google--and the second result on Microsoft Windows Live search is a Web site created by a white supremacists group that purports to provide 'a true historical examination' of the civil rights leader.
Granted, there are sponsored links above the result on all three sites and a 'snapshot' of links to related content on AOL above the link on that Web site. But given that many people rely on the information they get in the top few results, someone could come away with a skewed perception of the man.
That's where librarians come in. While the Web is good for offering quick results from a broad range of sources, which may or may not be trustworthy, librarians can help people get access to more authoritative information and go deeper with their research. "
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