Using the Internet for Research
Pros and Cons
- The Internet is available 24 hours a day.
- Internet pages can be more quickly updated than paper sources.
- Some newspapers magazines and encylopedias are available online.
- Some books not available in the library may be available online.
- Many different types of media are available on the Internet.
- Anyone can create a web page.
- Authority of the work may not be readily apparent.
- What you see today may not be what you see tomorrow. There is nothing to prevent the author from changing tomorrow what you quoted today.
- Internet information is usually not organized in any way to help in finding it.
- Archived materials - newspapers, magazines, etc. may not go back very far.
- There is no one to ask assistance of if you can't find anything.
- Media available in different formats may require software not available on your computer.
- Most journals and magazines are not available on the Internet except through databases which require a paid subscription.
- Most books are not available through the Internet.
When using the Internet for research, please evaluate the authority of the site.
See: Web Site Evaluation Guide