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NU200 - Introduction to Nursing: Internet Resources

Evaluating Information

Summing Up

  • Information available on the Internet is not regulated for quality or accuracy; therefore, it is particularly important for the individual to evaluate the resource or information.
  • Almost anyone can publish anything they wish on the Web.
  • It is often difficult to determine authorship of Web sources, and even if the author is listed, he or she may not always represent him or herself honestly, or he or she may represent opinions as fact.
  • The responsibility is on the user to evaluate resources effectively
  • Be very critical of any information you find on the Web and carefully examine each site.
  • Web pages are susceptible to both accidental and deliberate alteration, and may move or disappear with no notice.
  • Print out or download all pages you plan to use in your research so that your bibliography will be complete and accurate.
  • Are you sure the Web is where you want to be? It may take an hour to find the answer to a question on the Web that would take a Librarian two minutes to find. When in doubt, ask a Librarian!