Go to martinlutherking.org and you will find offensive and inflammatory material written by Klan sympathizers. Countless students will no doubt discover this page quite innocently as they prepare to do school reports. This web-page is a blatant example of why Google is not a replacement for libraries. Students often think that whatever material they find on the Internet is factual information. Sometimes adults also fall victim to this kind of thinking and fail to check the author of the website or the source of the information. Librarians are trained to find and evaluate resources for reliable information. Use your library’s databases instead of the Internet. Most libraries now have their own websites with links to their databases that are free for use by patrons with library cards. And many also have versions of these databases designed for use by children. Databases are reservoirs of newspaper and magazine articles as well as reference books that have been digitized. Most of these databases will include full-text access and give the citation. These information sources are paid for by your library and have been evaluated and verified by trained information specialists. They also limit the possibility that your child will stumble upon something like martinlutherking.org when they are preparing a report. Georgia library patrons should check out GALILEO.
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