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Use Web Pages Cautiously

Using Web sites as sources for research is always dangerous business. Anyone with the skill or the money to pay someone with the skill can put information on the Web. There is no Internet Watchdog. If you feel strongly about a Web resource and want to include it in your Works Cited, here are some safety tips:

Evaluating Web Resources

The World Wide Web has a lot to offer, but not all sources are equally valuable or reliable. Here are some points to consider:

Authority

Reliability

Timeliness

Content

Structure

Evaluating web content


Adapted from material prepared by Esther Grassian, Electronic Services Coordinator, UCLA College Library
Copyright (c) 1997
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