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Evaluating Online Resources and Effective Internet Searching

Guide overview

The Internet has revolutionised the way we search for and consume information. At no other point in history has knowledge been as easily accessible. While the Internet has made information more available, it has also removed many of the barriers to publishing that in some ways functioned as quality control checks. Quite simply, anyone can now publish anything, even if the information is misleading or inaccurate.

You must proceed with caution when using the information you find online.

This guide will give you some tips on how to effectively search the Internet, and how to evaluate the information you find.

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Important note

Searching the Internet will not be appropriate for assignments where you have been instructed to use only peer-reviewed or scholarly material. Be sure to check the specific requirements for your assignment before you begin your search.