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Searching for Dummies

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A recent NYT item by Edward Tenner included this bit:

Many students seem to lack the skills to structure their searches so they can find useful information quickly. In 2002, graduate students at Tel Aviv University were asked to find on the Web, with no time limit, a picture of the Mona Lisa; the complete text of either “Robinson Crusoe” or “David Copperfield”; and a recipe for apple pie accompanied by a photograph. Only 15 percent succeeded at all three assignments.

Graduate students? Only 15%?

Be afraid, be very afraid, for the future…