Trust, in an Internet Minute

As Charles Darwin wrote, “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Perhaps nothing illustrates the pace of change upon us more succinctly than the accompanying graphic.  But in a world where there are 3.7 million Google searches occurring every minute, what does that mean for our research information and libraries?

Barbara Fister wrote on the ‘Library Babel Fish’ blog about a Third Wave of information literacy. “The first was empowering students to ask questions using information made available through libraries, and we called it bibliographic instruction. The second was rethinking what students needed to know because the internet happened and it was changing how we sought and shared information. Now it feels as if we’re entering a different era. We’re just beginning to respond to the commercialization and portability of networked information.”

Curiosity is good.  It provides the energy required for finding stuff out and today, utilizing all of the tools and capabilities that technology provides us to dig out information.  But, most of what is found online is a mix of reliable, unreliable, conspiracy, pseudo-science, epic fails, and cat or baby videos.  So, how can you know that you are immersed in an environment that can provide interesting subjects, information that you need and moreover, that you can trust?

Students, and all people today would seem justified in a healthy skepticism.  However, some say that students don’t need to learn skepticism as much as they need to learn when to trust.

Academia Arabia is the most trusted source for academic information and Electronic Arabic content for schools, universities, libraries, and institutions.  Academia Arabia Library contains a vast collection of Arabic research, theses, books, journals, and reports available across connected devices.

Some interesting examples from Arabic Literature, Education, and Political Science that can be uncovered with a bit of curiosity or research:

  • During the Middle Ages, Literary Arabic was a major vehicle of culture in Europe, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy. As a result, many European languages have also borrowed many words from it. Arabic influence, mainly in vocabulary, is seen in European languages. 
  • More and more Muslim parents in the west are now voicing their desire to give their kids a quality Arabic education; something they themselves didn’t have.(Arabic education for our children)
  • How enormous was the output of Arabic literature in the first three centuries of Islam? And, how very little has come down to us? (In al-Nadim’s Fihrist, written in 988 AD, the author catalogues all known books in Arabic on the subjects of philology, history, poetry, theology, law, philosophy, science, magic, foreign religions, fables and alchemy.)
  • Around 1900, three prominent thinkers are noted for re-instituting a political science tradition in the Arab world. First, Mohamed Abdu talking about a religion-based political science,  second, Abdel Rahman Al-Kawakbi, who wanted a political science that mainly deals with the problem of despotism, and third, Ahmad Lutfi al-Sayyid, who translated the English version of Aristotle’s politics into Arabic.

So the question becomes one of credibility and trustworthy sources for everyone, but, especially for academic and research environments.  For electronic Arabic content, Academia Arabia provides the answer.