Critically Thinking Essay

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Critical Thinking and Reflecting Back After reading chapters 6-7, thinking and reflecting back on the information that I have gained I have found that when you are searching for information using any search engine can be compared to trying to find a needle in a haystack. There is definitely a since of information overload when using a search engine such as Google because there are no filters used to sort through the information. Anyone can contribute to the web and this causes problems when trying to find information that is true and accurate. This can sometimes cause the reader to make the wrong decision or no decision at all. When searching different engines it can be time consuming and frustrating but also gives us access to materials that would previously be impossible and we can get this all in one place. The library of the 19th century is considered more efficient than searching for information on Google, but it is really like comparing apples to oranges. Google does so much more than what is expected from a visit to the library and has far more information to search through. A visit to the library can be considered pleasant and orderly whereas trying to search for information on Google is arduous and sometimes frustrating. Searching in a specific database, such as Ashford’s library is very different from searching in places like Bing, Google and Yahoo. As our text refers there are two types of databases that handle information online. The first is a public domain database which is totally free and accessible to anyone as long as they have a computer and internet connections are Google, Bing, or Yahoo. The second is a proprietary database which is only able to be accessed through membership or subscription such as Ashford University Online Library. This library can only be accessed by students and faculty. One of the main differences between these two

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