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.
As evidence of workers’ anxiety over automation. This evidence could contribute to your argument that employers should provide technical training to prepare workers for automation and improve morale.