I offer some tips for "Ensuring Good Online Research Skills" in a guest blog post at HowToLearn.com.
Here's a piece of advice if you're looking to improve your information-retention and critical-thinking skills: stop multitasking. A growing body of research is backing up what Nicholas Carr famously (or infamously) suggested in a 2008 Atlantic article ... that Google is making us stupid. Well, not so much Google itself, but the web's wonderful, infuriating, … Continue reading Look! A squirrel!
As I've noted in my book, "Prove It! Fact-Finding Secrets of a Fanatical Online Researcher," climate change is a "controversial" subject not so much because of the science that supports it -- which is solid -- but because of its implications for society and the responses that will most likely be necessary. Scientists who research … Continue reading ‘Recursive Fury’ sets off new furies and shocking retraction
There's no doubt the internet is an invaluable research tool. But it can also be a source of pernicious misinformation, astroturfed spin and virulent, hateful, troll-fueled content. As with every technology, it's how we use the web -- for good or for ill -- that makes a difference. New research now shows that going online … Continue reading Mindless surfing and critical thinking don’t go together
Prove It! Fact-Finding Secrets of a Fanatical Online Researcher is now available on Amazon in both print and ebook formats. From the Introduction: You only have to look as far as the latest viral news story to realize how quickly and easily falsehoods, half-truths, little white lies and sins of factual omission can spread and … Continue reading Prove It! now available on Amazon