Those services which serve entertainment purposes (like social networking, YouTube or Flickr) are widely known to students. Academic staff participants furthermore had a considerable awareness for weblogs, vod- or podcasts, and Twitter. But they mainly use these tools in their leisure time and none of the services is of high or very high significance for more than 50% of those who use these tools. Social bookmarking services and social tagging are not very widely known. Pickard, Alison Jane and GannonLeary, Pat and Coventry, Lynne Usersâ€™ trust in information resources in the Web environment: a status report. Technical Report. http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/470/ This study has three aims; to provide an overview of the ways in which trust is either assessed or asserted in relation to the use and provision of resources in the Web environment for research and learning; to assess what solutions might be worth further investigation and whether establishing ways to assert trust in academic information resources could assist the development of information literacy; to help increase understanding of how perceptions of trust influence the behaviour of information users. JISC report page 19 has an interesting table which compares students perceptions of Google searching with their perceptions of searching a library portal. It then raises questions about what can be done by libraries, educators to improve the situation.
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Government online http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/20 10/Government-Online.aspx latest report from the Pew Internet and American life project 40% of those polled (US citizens) had gone online to get government data. A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publicatio ns/2010/Tale_Two_Blogospheres_Dis cursive_Practices_Left_Right Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. paper comparing the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and Center during Summer, 2008.
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