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Using the Web for Research

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Uploaded on Sep 16, 2011

There's a wealth of information on the Internet, only some of which is appropriate for college level research. If the website you find ends in .edu or .gov, it's more likely to be a legitimate source.

The domain can sometimes give you a clue about its credibility. But, ultimately, you need to think critically. Verify the information and corroborate it to make sure it's valid.

You should also easily be able to identify the author of the site and his or her credentials. Take a look at other pages on this site to see if you can find a common theme: is this website trying to sell you something? are the pages all leaning toward the same political viewpoint? is the information recent and up-to-date?

Think critically about the sites you use and always use multiple sources to get a variety of views on a topic!

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