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Cutting edge research @yourlibrary

Research Reports: A Guide for Middle and High School Students
Sullivan and Sernoff

Submitter: This book was a gift to the library in 2005, but it was published in 1996.  Not terribly old for the subject, but get a load of the Internet “advice” on page 33.

“Although it contains vast amounts of information, the Internet will probably not be useful.  Its complexity requires an understanding of sophisticated computer search tools.”

This particular copy was weeded from one branch, but several are still in circulation at other branches, including one in one the most affluent cities in the area!

Holly: I like the next paragraph even better:

“Online database services usually charge a fee for use, while a library may or may not charge for use of CD-ROM packages.”

Sure, some CD-ROM materials still exist, like in genealogy, but that’s getting pretty old-school too.  Is this how you want your library represented in a book about doing research?  The methods have changed since last week – nevermind 1996!


0 Responses to Cutting edge research @yourlibrary

  • The World Book on CD Rom! We had so much fun with that back in the 90’s! We used to race to see who could find info faster the person with the books or the person with the CD. With all the disk changing etc. the books were faster a lot of the time.

  • I was 9 years old in 1996 and had no difficulty figuring out CD-ROMs. 3 years later my dad finally bought us a computer and we signed up for AOL and using a search engine was not difficult in the least. How archaic could they have been 3 years earlier?

    I mean if you can spell, using a search engine is (and was) easier than tying your shoes.

    • Yeah, we didn’t get a computer until 1999 (when I was 9), but we used them in school before that, from 1996, and I don’t remember it being all that difficult, either.
      What I do remember is hating Netscape Navigator. Oh, and the fact that the late 90s/early 2000s internet was almost all flash-based, but half the school computers didn’t have flash, and you couldn’t install it.
      I hate school computers.

  • Wow! This is from my county’s library system! And I feel like I’ve seen it before when I worked at one of the branches. Oh, good times.

  • I figure I had an advantage over most people born in 1955 because I read science fiction. Therefore, I expected the Internet we have today–even way back in the dark ages of 1996.

  • Bahahaha, that internet comment is pure gold. Especially considering I just had a conversation with a friend this weekend about how the internet is totally changing the world.

  • Lets not forget the internet IS full of half truths and unresearched “facts.” Look at Wiki. Just make it up and put it up. In the 90’s we still cared about that. Now “cut a paste” is considered research.

    We need better books than this to teach that lesson.

  • I agree with Joe. It’s wonderful having the internet and making research easy, but the downside is 1) students are becoming too lazy to learn all forms of research and are simply relying on what’s out there on the web, and using “cut and paste”. 2) wikipedia has shown us that not everything that claims to be written in an internet “encyclopedia” is in fact true.

  • I do sort of remember at one time in the 90s, some older people had this “the Internet isn’t/won’t be as useful as using a library” or something like that. People fear change, I guess.

  • Look! 5 1/2-in floppies/discs.