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Research: Conventional vs. convenient

searchAs times goes by the conventional research fades away gracefully left  in a dust by rapidly expanding convenient way of online research.

How many people still go to the library and get lost in an alley filled with books? Going to libraries became such an inconvenience since internet  settled in into our busy lives. When you need the answer all you have to do is to locate your nearest tech device such as smart phone or laptop and you are just one click away from finding some kind of answer. The question remains regarding accuracy of the solutions you are given at the moment of your online research. Do you check only the websites that appear on the first page? What criteria are you utilizing when performing online search?

How do you know which website carries the most precise answer? Maybe convenience of internet makes us a little bit lazy  and we could easily get trapped when not paying attention to the source that provides the information.

I believe internet can be a great source when it comes to research. We just can’t forget that convenience does not mean we don’t have to put an effort to look deeper and spend countless hours on finding the answers, the same way as we used to spend many hours in the libraries searching through pages of different books.

Undeniably, our research methods have changed, but the core of analysis should stay untouched.  Let’s not forget that SEO- Search Engine Optimization is not as straight forward as Library’s Catalog.

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Book vs. e-book

bookUnexpectedly, overwhelming wave of the internet took away from us the experience of the smell and crispy pages of the book. Yes, we can still go to the libraries or find some bookstore in a 20 mile radius, but nothing seems the same. What’s left is the sense of nostalgia.

We changed the way we read, research and write since the internet became so prevalent. Hours spent in the local libraries almost magically have been substituted with the click of the search button.

Cyberspace allows us to browse through the books that are not in print anymore. It would be difficult to track down some titles, but thanks to the internet our research appetites can be easily fulfilled.

Now we should be able to say internet saves us a lot of time. Although, the statement seems to holds some contradictory message. When we are physically holding a book, we are focused; when we research online, we usually have multiple windows open.

All I’m saying here is that multitasking is not for everyone. Some can greatly benefit from the accessibility of the books online, some would need different approach in research.

The skeptic in me believes that the less books we have on our bookshelves, the less of the true researchers we are. Some processes are irreversible. One day we might miss that bookstore and library atmosphere.

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