Writer, Researcher & Information Sleuth

Leslie Stebbins writes about the quest for finding reliable information online. She believes research is an adventure and that at its best it is messy and unpredictable.

Her new book: Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth reports on her falling down a rabbit hole as she searches for everything from the odds of getting caught if you rob a bank to finding reliable health information by sidestepping the big-pharma owned website many of us use because it comes up at the top of our Google search.

  • Can you spot a fake restaurant review?
  • Are the reviews on TripAdvisor true?
  • Has couchsurfer.com become yet another casualty of the “sharing economy” by morphing into a pick up site?
  • Are you using unreliable sites for health information?
  • Are “Goats on the Road” a credible site for travel information?
  • If you have to do deep research for work or school, where do you look? Is Google Scholar and Wikipedia enough? What is the Deep Web? (No, it’s not just pornography.)
  • How do you determine if a science article is valid?

If you think you know the answers to all these questions then you must read this book, because it also covers the “Psychology of Search” and why our own over-confidence in our abilities as well as other baggage we bring to the search process can prove to be significant, though surmountable, stumbling blocks when searching for reliable information online.