The Importance Of New Technology

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Once said by Sir Peter Blake, “New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” Almost everything you type into Google in today’s generation, you will find some sort of result. Just by typing a simple letter like “r” it’ll result leading you to research organizations, programming language, or even social media accounts. In this generation, researching a topic has been easier than ever before. You can avoid opening that fifty pound textbook or even interviewing someone in person to learn more about a topic because almost all of the information you need is provided for you through online databases. Crazy to look at it like that but, it’s true. However, we all know not all information or opinions we find online hold the same value and are considered …show more content…
Understanding the facts and different perspectives is key to creating a successful paper. Although you must be aware that since almost everything can be found on the internet, you want to be careful of what information you acquire in your research paper. People can create their own websites, write their own information and portray it as being true even if it is not. Or, there are others who are very bias in the information they are offering and they fail to see all the different viewpoints on the issue. Following a guideline is a good place to start. Is the source I am looking at published in a scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal or by a scholarly publishing press? Is it recent, published within the past 5 years? Is the information accurate and consistent compared to your other sources? These are some of the questions you may want to ask yourself when searching for information. Many of the best sources come from scholarly publications which have been peer-reviewed to be shared with others, especially students.
Pay attention to domain name extensions like, .edu (educational institution), .gov (government), or .org (non-profit organization). These sites represent institutions and tend to be more reliable, but be cautious of possible political bias in some government sites. Be selective of .com (commercial) sites. Many “.com” sites are good; however, a large number of them contain advertisements for products
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With any source of information found on the internet, a good way to slim down the list of sites is by evaluating who, what, when, where, why and how the source was created. Specifically pertaining to my topic, I have noticed it is mostly opinion based. So, in order to find a good source i have to deeply evaluate each website and the information it is giving me.
When searching on Google, “Why should marijuana possession be legal?” I came across a website ( that seemed bias and in favor of legalizing marijuana. The site listed reasons why marijuana should be legalized. Some of which those reasons were: 1.The World Will Not Collapse into Chaos 2.The Prohibition of Cannabis Takes a Financial and Social Toll on Society 3. Marijuana Enforcement is Inherently Biased
4. Cannabis Has Medicinal Applications
5. Cannabis is 114 times Less Toxic Than That Other Legal Substance

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