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RELS-268: Problems in Biomedical Ethics


When it comes to finding information on a subject, most people start with tools like Google and Wikipedia. There are numerous advantages to this approach, such as...

  • there is plenty of content
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However, there are drawbacks that need to be considered.

  • the volume of information can be overwhelming
  • there can be a lot of irrelevant retrieval
  • date coverage is often unclear
  • it can be difficult to determine what information is legitimate/authoritative/unbiased
  • search engines only index a fraction of the available data
  • some information may be fee-based and therefore inaccessible

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