from Marylaine Block, information and search specialist
Students sometimes seem to have a kind of magical view of the net, without a great deal of understanding of the information landscape on it and beyond it. The invisible net (and the visible library) remain largely invisible to them, because they appear to believe everything they need to know is available for free with a simple Google search — and, if they don’t find it there, that it doesn’t exist at all. My guess, though, is that, if absolutely forced to think about it, they’d readily admit this is not the case. So I’m offering here a few leading questions to ask at the start of information literacy sessions that might force students to examine their assumptions.