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So you need to find some information and you’re just not sure who to trust. This has been a problem even before the internet. Our first solution was to ask the librarian. That too had problems. Local politics often skewed the library’s collection toward their point of view for many important topics.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill

In order to help decipher the maze of information you will have to open your mind, a lot, and look past what the author says to why they may be saying it.

There are some absolutes that make or break a site. If you’re looking for provable answers the author can not decry science as magic or know facts as myth. They can not promote myth and rumor as fact.

Some authors may also have ulterior motives as well. If the site is covered with advertising and the articles are written as though they are they only person who knows the right answer, can see the future and all others are false, getting you to return may be the only truth. We know those type of stories as cliffhangers. They can be great entertainment but should not be used as the basis of your life or paper.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Benjamin Franklin

I don’t want you to think that site with ads are untrustworthy, We all have to pay the bills. Rather I think you should take it into consideration and look for other sites with more content on the same topic to compare with. Also don’t shy away from the opponents of a topic as well, they may have valid reasons, to argue against a topic, that you should know about.

Lots of reading  on both sides of an issue will give you information to decide with.

To help with understanding I will post two lists of sites that may help. They will grow in size as I find more resources so check them occasionally.

Sites to help you be websavy.

Sites to help you with critical thinking.

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One PDF to hold them all.

Working at a Junior college computer lab provides some insight into the needs of the students. They have papers to write, print and turn in. Some instructors want the papers all gathered together into one PDF at the end of class.

So I will present one way to make that happen.

Most students will be using some type of word processor, word, office 365 or Google Docs. All of these will allow you to print a range of pages.

With this method you will write each paper in the same saved document, starting each on a new page. Then printing only those pages that are needed each time.

Whenever you instructor asks for a single file of all your documents the you just save the entire document as a PDF and email it to them.

If you were unfortunate enough to find this post late in the class then I have another solution. Create a new document the is empty, then open each of the others, one at a time. Select all  and copy, the commands can be found under the edit menu. Then paste into the new document, starting each paste on a new page.

Once done you can save the document as a PDF and email to your instructor.

If  you have any other ways just let me know and I’ll include them.


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