Some professors think that using the internet or websites is an incorrect way to do research. And if your professor has specified that you should only use scholarly sources, then this isn't the right page for your research.
But there are multiple types of information available on the internet, and it's important to know how to evaluate what you are finding. To be sure, much of what you find on the internet is not trustworthy -- a lot of the content is biased or factually incorrect. However, there are many resources out there that are valid and useful. It is your job to be able to tell the difference.
Below is a very simple list of criteria that you should use when judging a website. The link at the bottom goes to a really good site that goes into more depth on this process.
Want to learn more? Visit the Internet Sources for Research Guide.
Some of your assignments and research papers will require the use of websites - but the information gleaned from websites can't be used thoughtlessly. It must be critiqued.
These are fundamental criteria by which you judge a source of information:
Websites require a second level of scrutiny*:
*From Evaluating Webpages: Techniques To Apply & Questions To Ask, produced by the UC Berkeley Libraries. This is a good, comprehensive guide to evaluating websites.