Find an interesting website using Google or another browser? Not sure if you can use it for academic research?
It is not always easy to determine whether information on the World Wide Web is credible. However, the guidelines below will help you understand clues about the reliability of web resources.
Use these points to evaluate the credibility of Websites:
How reliable is the information? Are there editors and fact checkers?
What are the author's qualifications? Is the publisher reputable?
Is the author trying to sway opinion? Is the information free from bias?
Is the publication date indicated? Is the source up to date?
Does the site cover the topic comprehensively, or are there information gaps?
For more in-depth information on evaluating websites, see:
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask from UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops
Wikipedia is a great tool for a summary of a topic. Wikipedia content is constantly revised, and entries vary in quality. Some of the content is excellent, some is questionable.
Many educators frown on the use of Wikipedia. Why?
How can you use Wikipedia in a way that benefits your research process?