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Find reliable information from the internet.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2013 URL: http://libguides.sunyorange.edu/internetsearches Print Guide RSS Updates

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Internet Information

Internet resources are not the same as the library's resources. Unlike the library's books and databases, information on web sites may or may not go through an evaluation process to assure its accuracy. When you visit a web site you must verify the accuracy of the information presented before you include it in your research paper.

Getting information from web pages you can rely on has two parts. First do a reliable search, then evaluate what you found.

 

The 2 steps to getting reliable web sites:

This LibGuide discusses ways of getting reliable information from the internet. Following these two steps will save you the time and effort of selecting 1 site from 53 million.

Step 1: Use a precise search. Details are on the Step 1 tab: Tell Google what you want to find, the type of documents you want to find and where to look. The better your search the less time you'll spend figuring out which site is reliable.

Step 2: Evaluate the results. Details on the Step 2 tab: Answer some questions that will help you determine if the information on the page is reliable.

 

Databases vs. The Internet

The Internet and databases compete in a battle of information. Each tool has its advantages and disadvanges. Choose the one you use for the right purpose. The internet is great for getting started with research or winning radio trivia contests. The databases are great for details and much too slow to win radio trivia contests.

The important thing to remember is that internet search results are much harder to evaluate than database search results. Not only do you have to figure out if the site is reliable you also have to figure out if the site is good for your project.

The chart below is a comparison of the two.

Feature

Internet

Databases

Sort results

No

Yes

Set date range

No

Yes

Has a date

Maybe

Yes

Citation tool

No

Yes

Save and Email

Sort of

Yes

Print

Yes

Yes

Accurate & Reliable

Who knows?

Yes

New Topics

Yes

Yes and No

Topic Overviews

Yes

Yes and No

Easy to search

Yes

Yes and No

Easy to find

Not really

Yes

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