One of the things that many students neglect to do is critique the resources they use for a research project or paper. This is particularly true for information found through web searches.
For instructors and professors, it is always very clear when a student has used something from an internet source without thought or when a student has plainly copied from a source found online (Google is also a great tool to find the original source for something that has been plagiarized.)
You will find yourself doing much better work when you use these very basic criteria to assess the worth of an internet source.
These are fundamental criteria by which you judge a source of information:
Websites require a second level of scrutiny*:
*From Evaluating Resources: Critical Evaluation, produced by the UC Berkeley Libraries. This is a good, comprehensive guide to evaluating websites.
This worksheet will prompt you to ask the types of questions that need to be asked when working with websites for scholarly research. It will help you to think about what you are using and why you are using it; when you do this your work is better -- well-informed and thoughtful.