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Internet Research and Information Literacy: Effective Strategies and Cautionary Tales
©2011

Thanks to the Internet, a virtual cosmos of information is at our fingertips. But does more equal better when helpful and not-so-helpful content are equally abundant? How is online propaganda different from traditional propaganda? What solutions do we have to the growing problem of plagiarism? This series illustrates best practices for viewers who are learning to apply academic standards and scholarly research methods to the rapidly evolving online world. Heavy hitters from the media industry weigh in through expert interviews, while lively motion graphics help explain concepts and strategies throughout the series. In addition, each episode features three young-adult characters, brought to life through graphic novel–style animation, who struggle with and learn the right and wrong ways to navigate cyberspace. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production. 3-part series, 19-22 minutes each.



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A Brief History
The launch of Sputnik in 1957 signaled a mass revival of scientific and technological research. The US military designed small data packets for sending within a network of computers. The Internet matured in the 70s and 80s.