Professor Tara Brabazon from the University at Brighton had enough of "copy-and-paste" type essays and announced a ban on the usage of Google and Wikipedia in her classroom.
She said using Google and Wikipedia doesn't encourage students to use their "own brains" enough. She added:
I want students to sit down and read. It's not the same when you read it online. I want them to experience the pages and the print as much as the digitization and the pixels. Both are fine, but I want them to have both, not one or the other, not a cheap solution.
Also, she will be giving a lecture on 16th of this month titled, "Google Is White Bread For The Mind."
The point she raises is relevant, because Google is becoming a substitute for genuine research. However, students do gain a lot from perusing that information itself.
Of course, students have to be made aware that just having information available at the click of a mouse does not qualify it as genuine. The zero barrier to information creation on the Web does call for greater introspection from the side of the researcher.