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Evaluating Materials from the World Wide Web

We'll admit it -- we know the first place you go when you are starting research might not be the library. It is more likely a web search engine, like Google.

To help you judge the information you find on the web, librarians Trudi Jacobson and Laura Cohen have updated a page on the library website about Evaluating Web Content. This useful tool includes special considerations for evaluating some of the newer types of web resources that are available. This page is easily found from the Instruction and Tutorials link on the library's main page.

The World Wide Web continues to be a sort of "Wild West" when it comes to the quality of information you can find. It is true that the amount of reputable, authoritative material published on the web continues to increase; however, the amount of questionable material that is available has also increased. With new formats of information, such as blogs, wikis, social networking sites, and mutlimedia resources, knowing how to evaluate material found on the web is of critical importance for researchers.

If you are not sure about the reliability of materials you have located on the Web, we are happy to assist you. And don't worry -- we won't have hurt feelings that you "googled" your topic!