Do you always accept the top Google results as factual? Are you sure? An old standby in the research world is now ready to give you some help. Encyclopaedia Britannica has a new Chrome extension, “Britannica Insights,” that adds information to the top right of the results page when you search for something. There are limits, of course. Britannica admits it works best for scientific or historical information.
Happy “Choose Privacy Week”!!! Libraries around the world celebrate May 1-7 as Choose Privacy Week which is a time for libraries to educate and advocate for the importance of privacy in our democracy.
The Choose Privacy Week website has a resources page outlining tips and tools you can use to ensure your online privacy such as:
- The Eight-Day Data Detox Kit
- Security Planner by the Citizen Lab
- TOR Browser (safe browser)
- Duck Duck Go (private search engine)
Here’s the description from the Choose Privacy Week Website!:
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to help libraries work with their communities in navigating the complicated but vital issues of privacy rights. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a right that librarians defend every day. “
Here’s a video from a few years ago on the importance of privacy.
It’s that time of the year again. As you are finishing your paper, you will need to properly format your citations using MLA or APA style. Help is available on the library website on the Research Tools page. Click “Citing Sources” in the middle of the Research Tools page (under Featured Services). The Citing Sources Guide has a variety of links that show citation examples for journal articles, web pages, books, and many other sources. As always, help is also available from the librarians or from the Speaking and Writing Center.
Here’s a nice (and short) video about how our brains are wired to love fake news.
Check out this cool video about our library. #snazzy
Libraries across US are speaking up today in support of Net Neutrality. The FCC is moving to create a two-tiered system (fast lane vs slow lane) on the Internet. For decades, libraries and librarians have stood up for privacy and fairness in accessing information. You can contact the FCC and lawmakers here: Battle for the Net.
This impacts all of us and will have implications for Moraine Valley students who may not have access to technology at home or who cannot pay additional money to access the fast lane. This is an important issue, and we should take note.
What is net neutrality?
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else” (from Battle for the Net website).
Here are a couple of videos that explain the issue:
Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (from 2014, for mature viewers)
This term our library hosted three events focusing on understanding fake news. You can watch them on YouTube and download them as podcasts.
The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?
Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can’t we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can’t we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/the-big-fake-out-why-do-we-fall-for-fake-news/
Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion
Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/playing-the-fake-news-game-an-interactive-event-discussion/
Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune’s Margaret Holt
Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/fake-news-journalism-and-media-with-the-chicago-tribunes-margaret-holt/
Seeking the truth in the news? Watch this Ted-Ed video “How to Choose Your News” by author Damon Brown: