Funny that this piece on Google’s dumbing-down of research has come out when it has. I just went through a similar exercise, one where I weaned myself off the knee-jerk reflex of immediately going to Google every time I want to look up some financial markets papers. It’s a bad habit, and it leads to cluttered thinking.
This quote from the piece was particularly appropriate concerning students’ attitudes toward university research:
“Oh, our campus has a library? I didn’t know that, but now that you mention it, why would I go there?”