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Google and the hidden web

Imagine researching a topic in the biggest library in the world, with access only to the book titles.

It’s a crude analogy, but a warning for everyone–particularly scholars–not to rely too heavily on Google.

A recent study published in D-Lib Magazine found that fewer than half — just 44 percent — of a sample group of deep-Web pages from scholarly archives showed up in Google searches.

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Is the WWW re-wiring our brains?

In the July/August issue of Atlantic Monthly, a thought-provoking article arguing that Web surfing may be affecting our brain circuitry, turning us into hit-and-run information browsers.

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