On the Web
The internet is now the preferred way of getting information for almost every need. Students need information for assignments, businesses need information to increase productivity, professionals need information to keep pace with their area of expertise, individuals need information to make everyday decision.
Can you rely on all the information you find on the internet? In short, no. Anyone can publish anything on the internet without regard to whether the information is valid or not.
So, what's a body to do? How do you sort through all that "stuff" out there in cyberspace? One step at a time, by acquiring some very basic skills. These skills include:
1. How to read a Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
2. Knowing the different parts of a website and how to evaluate them.
3. Examining the authorship of the website.
These are some of the basic skills that will help the research verify the accuracy of the information found on the internet.
If you are still undecided about print vs. internet, check out this Purdue University OWL link.
Evaluating Print vs. Internet Resources