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INTERNET: Do Online Search Tools Improve Research Or Just Narrow It?

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Online research over-emphasizes a small set of recent popular research at the expense of older, more diverse studies, according to this Boston Globe article (Group think):  "Leafing through print journals or browsing the stacks can expose researchers to a context that is missing in the highly targeted searches of PubMed or PsychInfo...Social Science Research Network (SSRN), the widely used Internet resource, offers lists of "top papers," "top authors," and "top institutions."

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