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Starting with the Web...

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

Most information on the web does not go through a review process.
Anyone can publish on the web 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 information on the web is not free.
Many web pages are free to view, but some commercial sites will charge a fee to access their information.

Information on the web is not organized.
Some directory services, like Yahoo, provide links to sites in subject lists. But there are too many web pages for any single directory service to organize and index.

Most information on the web is not comprehensive.
Rarely will you be able to use a search engine on the web to collect information about your topic from earlier decades and different types of sources.

Most information on the web 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.

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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.