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How to Do Research




The World Wide Web is generally accessible, convenient, and frequently fast. It provides a wealth of content, but the content can be uneven and difficult to verify. If you are using the Web as your sole source of information, beware!

The Web may or may not be the BEST information source for your need. How do you know when the Web is a good information choice? Consider the following questions:

Why use the Web rather than another information source?

       
YES
NO
Are you sacrificing quality for convenience?
If you are, weigh the risks!
Is the information more current than other sources?
If it isn't, what is its value to you?
Is the information more authoritative than other sources?
If it isn't, what is its value to you?
Is the information more objective than other sources?
If it isn't, what is its value to you?
Is the information more reliable than other sources?
If it isn't, what is its value to you?
Does it provide unique coverage of your topic?
If it doesn't, what is its value to you?

The Web is a self-publishing medium. There is no editorial or quality control over much of the content on the Web. Be a discriminate consumer of "information!"


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