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When Everything Is a Website
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications
Author: Badke, William
Date: Sep/Oct 2012
Start Page: 48
Pages: 3
Section: infolit land
Abstract (Document Summary)

For information users who have little history with print, the meaning behind the traditional distinctions that defined various types of academic literature is vanishing. In place of such distinctions is a confusing array of content that still bears many of the signposts from the print era, although these offer few clues to people who have no memory of the pre-electronic age. Academic literature is becoming chunks of content, some shorter, some longer, but all embodying Websitelike traits that show an increasing disconnection with the analog past. There is already too much of a disconnection between the production of writers and the world of the researcher. The added complexity of an information environment morphing into electronic content with unclear distinctions and uncertain provenance is adding layers of complexity to the problem. Information literacy is more than teaching search. It demands teaching searchers how to connect intelligently with information and know what it is, where it came from, and how it fits into the larger picture.

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