Benefits and Drawbacks of the Internet as a Research Source
Despite the fact that turning to the Internet has become an obvious choice when doing research, the Internet, like any tool, has unique characteristics that create both benefits and drawbacks.
On the positive side, the Internet offers the following:
– Access to new and valuable sources of information that came into being because of the Internet. These include electronic journals (e-journals) and Internet discussion groups.
– A more efficient route for accessing certain standard information sources such as newspapers, particularly overseas papers and electronic versions of existing print journals.
– Access to an enormous amount of information. Currently it is estimated that there are about 800 million pages of information on the Web.
– Access to non-mainstream views. Fringe groups and those without access to the media or a printing press can now make their opinions known on the Internet.
– Access to obscure and arcane information. Because there are so many people with such diverse interests on the Internet, a search can often turn up the...