Is it what you need?
Everything you've learned so far will help determine if a web site is one you can trust and use in your research. But you should also make sure the site is appropriate for your needs. Ask yourself the following:
- How does it contribute to your research?
- How does the information compare to information you found in books, articles and other types of resources?
- Are you judging the site fairly? Too harshly? Are you being objective?
- Is this site good for some uses but not for others?
Check the reputation
It is often helpful to see what others say about a website. For example, you can search on ipl2: information you can trust (formerly the Librarian's Internet Index) , a web directory created and maintained by librarians, who recommend websites after careful review and evaluation. The web site's inclusion in ipl2 is a strong vote of confidence that the website is credible.
Also, try searching on the author or organization's name in a
search engine or database to see what additional information you can locate.