You can find almost any type of information on the free web via google searching, social media, or linking. As you’ve seen throughout this module, plenty of reference works, books, newspapers, magazines, and journals, are available on the free web.
But there’s more...
Every website is its own publication. Website publishers could be the government, non-profit organizations, news agencies, retail companies, political candidates, social media conglomerates, etc. The list is endless.
When searching online, it’s important to know what type of information you’re looking for before you dive in. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an overview of the work and career progression of industrial engineers. Although this is not an encyclopedia article, it provides reference information. This overview might be useful for a career-choice assignment, but it would be insufficient if you wanted to know the factors influencing female undergraduate engineering students’ career choices. This information, which requires original research to uncover, would more likely be found in a journal article.
In addition to understanding the type of information you've found, it’s important to evaluate it's quality. Website evaluation is covered in Module 4: Evaluating sources.
The website for the Future of Jobs report indicates that machine automation is growing at a slower pace than experts predicted. But artificial intelligence is growing quickly.
Use this report for evidence that machine automation may not cause as many job losses as expected in the future.