You are the ultimate judge of the information you find on the Internet!!
Why do we say this? The majority of Web documents are mounted independently without the benefit of editorial oversight or fact checking. Anyone can publish on the Web. Therefore, YOU are responsible for ensuring that any website you use for your research contains reliable information.
Keep in mind that databases you access through the WSU Libraries, such as Academic Search Complete and Lexis-Nexis, are professionally produced and contain articles which have been scrutinized much more thoroughly.
You may find materials via the web from library databases to be more accurate and trustworthy than those found from sites such as Yahoo and Google. Subscription databases are more select in the material they include.
I. Look carefully at the website you are considering and answer these questions:
II. Consider the URL when assessing web sites
Look at the first section of the website’s URL. What are the last three letters you see? Most likely, they are one of the following:
These are just a few of the most common Internet domains you are likely to run across. While we cannot necessarily say that any of these domains are always unreliable or reliable, you may be able to make some assumptions about the individuals who published the site.