How to Research on the Internet Properly and Safely
- Remember that the Internet has no editor. Some of the information on the Internet is not reliable, factual or helpful.
- When using information from the Internet it is essential to ask:
- Who is the author of this information?
- What authority does the author have to make these claims?
- Is the author trying to sell something?
- Does the author have a political or other underlying agenda?
- How current is this information?
- What sources has the author used?
- Does this information agree with other sources, such as books, encyclopedia, etc.?
- Sites that help with evaluating resources:
- Everything posted on the Internet should be considered to be the property of the author and subject to copyright laws.
- Copying text or graphics directly from a Web site and using them as your own work is plagiarism, and is just as illegal as copying directly from printed materials, such as books, encyclopedia, etc.
- You may use a small portion of information from a Web site providing that you give credit to the author by citing your source.
- The basic form for citing an Internet source is:
Author Last Name, First Name. "Title of Web Page." Date accessed. URL: http://(address to web page)
Learn more about Internet Research
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