Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. -- Lorraine Hansberry

T is for Thinking: the ICYouSee Guide To Critical Thinking

Distinguish Web pages from pages found on the Web.

When people speak of Web pages, they usually don't mean pages from books and research articles. However, books, government documents, and scholarly periodical articles are all accessible through the Web. These types of materials, often required by teachers and professors for research projects, can be quite different in scope, focus, and reliability than pages originally designed for the Web.

Book and journal publishing has changed since this guide for appeared. Libraries are buying fewer paper copies of books and more e-books. Libraries have only online subscriptions to some (most?) journals or rely on online periodical databases to provide their students full text access to magazine and journal articles.

To get an idea of the difference between "regular" Web pages and periodical articles found on the Web, compare the results between a regular Google search for "flirting" with those resulting from a search using Google Scholar.

Questions to think about:

  • Do you think this page was designed for the Web?
  • If it was originally something else, what something else was it?

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ICYouSee T is for Thinking
John R. Henderson
Last modified: November 17, 2015