[Air-l] Internet information sources

Jennifer Stromer-Galley jstromer at albany.edu
Wed May 14 15:52:59 PDT 2003

It's funny that you mention this today. I just sent a query to another
list for videotape resources for a course I'm teaching in the fall. I
could have done a google search, but I wanted to hear what other
teachers had to recommend--where they go to find materials and what they
use. My thought (accurate or not) was that people would know of
resources I wouldn't easily find online. I also am curious what my
colleagues use in their classes for materials. 

Another side benefit is that I started small dialogues with a number of
the people who sent me recommendations after the request went out to the
list. From a social network/social capital perspective, it is beneficial
to query and start these conversations. I "met" some people I didn't
know, and a few asked me to keep in touch . . . . The social net widens.

It's an interesting question, though, how widespread it is to email a
list of experts rather than do a google search. 


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Marj Kibby
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 6:34 PM
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Subject: [Air-l] Internet information sources

As a member of many academic and hobby mailing lists I'm regularly
struck by requests to the list for information that could have been
uncovered by a web search.

Today for example there was an 'urgent' request on a list for info on
Terrence Malick's use of Walt Whitman, from a Cultural Studies
professor. A web search on the two names brought up a number of good

Anyone know whether this is widespread, or have any explanation why
Internet users would email others for information rather than search the


Dr Marjorie Kibby, Senior Lecturer in Communication & Culture The
University of Newcastle,  Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au
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