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Wednesday

06

January 2010

Using the internet to find schools, colleges, and libraries

by At-Risk.org Staff, on advantages, college, convenient, libraries, online, research, risk, school, schools colleges, search, sources

You can find schools, colleges, and/or libraries by simply walking around the town in search of one, by going through magazines, by getting recommendations from people who have previously used them, or by researching online. Each of these options has some advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages of finding schools, colleges, and/or libraries through the internet are more and the disadvantages are fewer. One reason you should find schools, colleges, and/or libraries online is the fact that the internet is convenient. You will not need to take time off work or off whatever you are doing to find the school, college, and/or library – you can do research in the comfort of your own office or home. It is also convenient because you can research day or night, all year round, since the internet never closes. You should use the internet to find schools, colleges, and/or libraries because the internet has no geographical or national boarders. If you relied on other means or research, you would be restricted to the state or the regions you live in. Almost all schools, colleges and libraries have websites where you can make comparisons. When you find what you want, you will be able to apply online and to make any transaction through your credit card if necessary. The fact that you have many schools, colleges, and/or libraries to choose from is advantageous in that from the laws of probability, the more the options available, then the higher are your chances of getting what you want. An important reason why you should find schools, colleges, and/or libraries online is that it is cheaper to do research online that it is to do offline. With online research, all you need is an internet connection and a computer – these are readily available. However, with offline sources such as magazines, you have to make a purchase. With other sources, you will spend money on transportation, on mailing, on printing, and on other things. The internet is advantageous as a source of information on schools, colleges, and/or libraries because it is current. If you were to rely on other sources such as brochures, there is a risk of applying when it is too late, or when terms and conditions have changed. Schools, colleges, and libraries update their websites regularly. The internet is a good source of information on schools, colleges, and/or libraries because it is anonymous. Anonymity about going to school is sometimes necessary for varying reason and with the internet, no one will ever know your intentions since all communications and transactions are done online. When using the internet to find schools, colleges, and/or libraries, you should take note of the cons of doing so and you should know possible remedies for these cons. The greatest con is that there is a risk of cyber crimes such as identity theft – to remedy this, only use websites that have a .gov or a .edu extension such as the National Center for Education Statistics. For more information on School Choice, which is also the way you choose libraries, follow this link.Top learn about good and bad sites you can read up on SEO first.

At-Risk.org Staff