Not all the of the information you find on the Internet is accurate, up-to-date and reliable. It is important to evaluate your information before you decide to use it in your assignment.
Watch our video on Evaluating Information to find out more.
Always check the URL of a website to determine what type of site the information is coming from:
Sites with a ~ in the address usually indicate a personal website
Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
If you are working off campus, once you have your search results:
Find out how to stay in touch with your favourite websites through RSS feeds.
RSS feeds help you keep up to date with information from websites without you having to visit them.
Updates to your favourite websites are 'fed' to you through a feed reader.
RSS feeds consist of titles and short summaries of the full content on the website, so you can quickly assess whether or not to visit the website to view the full content.
To use feeds you will need to set up a feed reader. Some of the popular ones are:
Setting up an RSS feed
Once you have installed your feed reader, find the RSS feed you are interested in subscribing to (look for the orange RSS feed button on the site)
Read the instructions given by your Feed Reader on how to subscribe to the feed.
Once you have subscribed to an RSS feed, simply check your feeds regularly to see what new content has been published.