Librarians are often guilty of setting up a false competition with Google--one they will lose every, single time. "Using Google to search the shallows of the internet is not effective research. To search effectively and dig deep, visit your library."
Pretending that Google is not a valuable research tool does not make libraries more important. Both the internet and libraries contain terrific resources, but they are only as good as the skills of the person doing the searching. Let's face it, good research skill depends on the ability of the searcher to think. If a student doesn't know what he is looking for, can't formulate or analyze ideas, and won't ask for help, that student is doomed from the beginning.
Dan Russell works for Google and studies how people search, and he uses Google to dig deep. Anybody who works with ideas or researches anything can benefit from his Google Research lessons on Search Research. A new version of his PowerSearching course opens on September 21st and anybody can register for the MOOC this week. If you think you know everything about the depths of the internet and how Google operates as a search engine, think again!