Trust Online: Young Adults’ Evaluation of Web Content

A recent study published in the International Journal of Communication (IJOC) would appear to indicate that digital natives do not have much, if any, understanding of Web searching — placing their trust unquestioningly, it seems, in Google or other brand-name search engines or websites:

Trust Online: Young Adults’ Evaluation of Web Content


Little of the work on online credibility assessment has considered how the information-seeking process figures into the final evaluation of content people encounter. Using unique data about how a diverse group of young adults looks for and evaluates Web content, our paper makes contributions to existing literature by highlighting factors beyond site features in how users assess credibility. We find that the process by which users arrive at a site is an important component of how they judge the final destination. In particular, search context, branding and routines, and a reliance on those in one’s networks play important roles in online information-seeking and evaluation. We also discuss that users differ considerably in their skills when it comes to judging online content credibility.

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Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Effective FOIA Requesting

For effective Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesting methods, check out the Effective FOIA Requesting for Everyone: A National Security Archive Guide, which most valuably includes:

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U.S. Government Blogs Organized by Subject, which provides official information and services from the United States Government, has recently organized federal government blogs by subject.

Under the current organization there are 11 categories:

  1. Business and Economics Blogs: Small business owners, economics news…
  2. Defense and International Relations Blogs: Military, foreign policy, veterans…
  3. Environment, Energy, and Agriculture Blogs: Agriculture, environmental protection, saving energy…
  4. Family, Home, and Community Blogs: Human services, community development, middle class…
  5. Health and Nutrition Blogs: Medicine, public health…
  6. History, Arts, and Culture Blogs: Museums, libraries…
  7. Jobs, Education, and Volunteerism Blogs: Volunteering, employment…
  8. Public Safety and Law Blogs: Security, law enforcement, disasters, emergencies…
  9. Reference and General Government Blogs: Grants, White House…
  10. Science and Technology Blogs: Information technology, Internet security…
  11. Travel and Recreation Blogs: Transportation, parks…

Hat tip to: ResourceShelf.

Free eBook Source

Free access to some two million eBooks — through August 4, 2009 — is available at  the Fourth Annual World eBook Fair (underway since July 4).


Resource of the Week: Roundup of Recent Posts About eBooks…and Some Kindle Stuff

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Digital Britain — UK Government’s Strategic Vision

The government of the United Kingdom has released an interesting report titled Digital Britain.

The Digital Britain Report is the British government’s “strategic vision for ensuring that the UK is at the leading edge of the global digital economy. It is an example of industrial activism in a crucial growth sector.”


The report contains actions and recommendations to ensure first rate digital and communications infrastructure to promote and protect talent and innovation in our creative industries, to modernize TV and radio frameworks, and support local news, and it introduces policies to maximize the social and economic benefits from digital technologies.

Hat tip to ResourceShelf.

National Academies Reports Available Online

Earlier this month the National Academies (composed of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council) announced the digital availability — “free, searchable, and in full text” — of more than 9,000 reports from 1863 to 1997 upon completion of the first phase of a partnership with (who else!?!) Google. The entire collection of some 11,000 reports should be digitized by 2001.

Hat tip to ResourceShelf.