How do you prefer finding information online?

I'm amazed every time I search the web at the ease I find all sorts of data. I still remember the time we had to go to the library, ask professionals and we were basically dependent on those who held the knowledge.
Now that we can all search the web for any information we need, I was wondering how do you prefer to do it? I, for instance, prefer finding the right combination of words which would lead me to the answer I seek. Others I know has their favorite forums or FB groups they post their questions on and wait for the answer. How do you prefer finding information online?

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blueshawk1 avatar
5 days ago #2
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Have mercy, I remember those days, going to the library, looking in the card catalog for the subject you were interested in, writing down the book numbers and going searching. And back then, that pretty much was the only resource, that and whatever encyclopedias they had at the library.
Encyclopedias, there's another thing, does anyone use them any more? Do they even exist any more?

Anyway, I never use FB as a resource. I used to use some forums, but you had to know who knew what they were talking about and answers you could trust, but I've totally gotten away from forums, this is the only one I belong to still.
Generally speaking, I just go to google and search and look through the choices they give me.

Taylor avatar
5 days ago #3
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Definitely 'google.' I'm still in awe, and never take for granted that anything I want to know is at my fingertips, 24/7.

I haven't come across an encyclopedia in years, and I was curious to know if they were still being sold - this is what I found out after a quick 'google search:'

March 13, 2013: "After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.
Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project.

“It’s a rite of passage in this new era,” Jorge Cauz, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., a company based in Chicago, said in an interview. “Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”

In truthfulness, I'm surprised that Encyclopaedia Britannica lasted as long as it did.

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jade avatar
5 days ago #4
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There's still an encyclopedia in our school's library. We use it as a first step of learning how to search information- for second and third graders. Older kids are slowly taught how to search the web and how to identify a reliable resource.
I believe we can find an answer to any question we ask online. I think all 3 of us is a good example for all web users who now prefer searching google instead of communicating with other people on a forum and get an answer which is more personal but not necessarily reliable.

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