Though information on almost any topic can be quickly had on the internet, you must be very careful in your use of what you find. Not everything you find is trustworthy. Since anyone can place any information they want on the internet, and since there is usually no one editing or checking the information placed there, as there is for more traditional information sources such as books and journal articles, you must submit everything you find to a rigorous evaluation. In this research guide we will show you how to do that.
In approaching internet information, look for the qualities listed below. If any of them are missing, a red flag should go up and you should reconsider using the source.
The above is adapted from Evaluating Internet Research Sources by Robert Harris http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm