Infobesity

You’ve heard of obesity, and the federal government’s concern about it? James Morris, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has coined the term “infobesity,” which nicely describes the outcome of the “Google-izing” of research: a junk-information diet, consisting of excessive amounts of low-quality material that is hard to digest. The cure for infobesity may be commercially produced databases, called aggregators. You will find them at most public and academic libraries. Librarians will be happy to show you how to use them so that you can obtain better search results (read “nutritious” information).

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