A quick research tip

A quick research tip

After seeing a blog post from Slate last week that discussed that Google is thinking about ranking its search results on facts rather than links, I was wondering how many people take advantage of the search tools built into the social bookmarking tool Diigo. Why do a random Google search when you can search inside this network of links that have already been vetted by others?

I wrote a bit about the problems inherent in a random Google search a while back and thought I'd revisit this example with Diigo to show the advantage. When you do a random Google search for information on something (i.e. Martin Luther King Jr.) you don't really now the quality of the site before digging beneath the surface of the link. The example below highlights this fact as the links below that came up on the first page of my Google search include martinlutherking.org which is run by the White Supremacist group Storm Front.

Try Diigo Instead

The search below is from Diigo where members can click on the Discover tab at the top of the page and then choose Community to search the bookmarks of everyone who uses the service. The list below gives an example from the Martin Luther King Jr. search that was also done on Google. The top sites about Martin Luther King Jr. here are from the Nobel Prize, Stanford University and the King Center which was founded by Coretta Scott King.

So next time you need to research, I encourage you to give Diigo a try.

cross-posted at www.patrickmlarkin.com

Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning of Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA and the former principal of Burlington High. He blogs about education at www.patrickmlarkin.com.