The relative ease with which information can be presented on the internet and the volume of information presently available creates a morass of networked data that contains valuable nuggets buried in an incredible amount of junk. In looking for information on the internet, we need to use the same critical evaluative skills that we would use in looking at a book, a news site, a paper index, or on a commercial database.
Websites should be evaluated for the relevance, accuracy and authority of the information provided. For more detailed information about evaluating websites, consult guides such as UC Berkeley Library's Evaluating Resources.
Some of the questions a researcher should ask include: