In Praise of the Skeptical Searcher

We all know that we can’t believe everything we read on the web—but what happens when a reliable search engine (like Google) serves up a number one result from a reliable publisher (like the U.S. Government) that’s out of date and inaccurate? Or when a bogus press release turns up in search results above more trustworthy information?

Today’s SearchDay article, A Skeptic’s Guide to Internet Research, reviews a new book by online research guru Bob Berkman that offers strategies and tactics for dealing with the challenges faced by anyone trying to ferret out reliable information online. The book is packed with tips and techniques distilled from Berkman’s years of experience, both as a searcher and as editor of The Information Advisor newsletter.

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