Friday, January 01, 2010

How to use the Web for research: Evaluating and citing Web sites

There are many approaches to searching the Web. The route you take and the search tools you choose will depend on the kind of information you are looking for.

Keep in mind that not all types of information are available on the Web, and especially not for free. In addition, unlike traditional published sources, Web documents have not necessarily been evaluated; you need to assess the quality of the documents you find.

Information on the Web can originate from many different sources including individuals, organizations, governments, academic institutions and companies. It is therefore important to quickly assess the reliability of the sources you find.

Here are a few criteria you can apply when evaluating a Web site:

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