With the right Web 2.0 applications, you can....
Web 2.0 has its limits.
These are blogs by famous authors, intellectuals, scientists, and more....
Robert Reich was Presdient Clinton's Secretary of Labor and teaches at Berkeley. He has his own blog.
Malcolmn Gladwell is a best selling author and widely read columnist in the New Yorker.
Room for Debate offers multiple, short, opinion pieces by experts on a single topic. Topics have included whether one should bribe children to behave, whether high school should last six years, and whether Al-Shabab is a threat to the United States, among many others. NOTE: The New York Times has a EIGHT article per month limit on free access.
Steven Strogatz is an expert in network science, teaches applied mathematics at Cornell University,
. Several years ago, he wrote a now-archived column/blog for the New York Times. NOTE: The New York Times has a EIGHT article per month limit on free access.
If you have in depth research or need information on a very specific topic or if you need statistical data or scholarly journal articles, blogs and news tracking sites are often not enough. Please try some of the resources listed here.
English and Communication -- Argument Papers (General Research Guide has suggestions, links to resources, and help for those who can't find topics. Also try The Topic Tree for fresh and timely topic ideas and Choosing a Topic, a tutorial about searching for exploration (requires Shockwave/Flash).
If you need specific information and want to find it on the open web, try Great Web Sites which lists news, statistical, science, and humanities sites as well as meta-sites that lead to others.
If you want a large number of credible articles or scholarly information for a major research project, NOTHING replaces GALILEO, the library's collection of databases that lead to full text articles in both scholarly journals and general magazines.