More than ever, we need to turn a critical eye to what we find online. The UCBerkeley system has some information that might help.
I always think back to hearing James Surowiecki speak at a NECC conference about his research for his book, the Wisdom of Crowds. There’s “intelligence” in looking at what the “hive mind” comes up with. That works towards our advantage when going online.
Websites that take multiple opinions are great because they put this power to work. The best advice I have for those who conduct online research (and who doesn’t?) is to look wide for your answers. When you find multiple sources pointing at the same or similiar answers, that’s a good sign. The question is: how many is enough?