Starting with Google

Starting with Google

Although many people first go to the Web for information, it is not always the best place for what you need.

Most online information does not go through a review process.

Anyone can publish online without passing the content through an editor. Pages might be written by an expert on the topic, a journalist, a disgruntled consumer or even a child.

Some online information is not free.

Many webpages are free to view, but some commercial sites will charge a fee to access their information.

Some online information is not organized.

Some directory services, like Yahoo, provide links to sites in subject lists. But there are too many websites for any single directory service to organize and index.

Most online information is not permanent.

Some well-maintained sites are updated with very current information, but other sites may become quickly dated or disappear altogether without much if any notice.

The Web can be a good research source for:

  • learning more about companies and organizations
  • information from the U.S. government
  • finding quick facts
  • catching up with current news
  • gathering opinions of people
  • and connecting to library resources

The Web is a good tool for finding information, but it is usually not the best place to begin academic research.