STUDENTS using the Internet to do research should check the background of their sources to ensure that the information is credible, said Universiti Sains Malaysia School of Humanities (Postgraduate and Research) deputy dean Assoc Prof Dr P. Ambigapathy.
He said teachers should not allow students to simply “copy and paste” Internet data without ensuring that the information comes from reliable sources.
“Students, including those from schools, universities and teacher training colleges, should check where the information was obtained from and who wrote it before extracting the data for their assignments.
“Anyone can create a website in the borderless world of the Internet. There are irresponsible people who may not use validated data,” said Dr Ambigapathy, who is conducting a survey on the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on teacher trainees.
A total of 722 students from six teacher training colleges nationwide have responded to the survey which began in January last year and would be completed next month.
“Based on the survey, 60% of the students said they didn't know or were unsure whether the content in the Internet was reliable.
“However, 65% of them viewed the Internet as an important tool for intellectual development and language learning,” he added.
The survey will be among over 150 papers to be presented at the Third International Literacy Conference to be held in Penang from Aug 15 to Aug 17.
About 500 participants from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand were expected to attend.
To register for the conference, titled Literacy: Bridging Past, Present and Future, call 016-4516456 or 04-6533888 (ext 3858 or 4181).