Internet Searching

Yes, you can use Google (try Google Scholar) or any other Internet search engine to locate resources... but how do you know when what you have found is authoritative and trustworthy?  Consult this page:

You may want to find answers for these questions:

  • is the author affiliated with an academic institution?
  • is a biography available for the author from a trusted (reference) source?
  • what is the reputation of the author?
  • is the article peer-reviewed?
  • who has cited (used) this article in other research?
  • is the web site associated with an educational institution?
  • is there a physical address associated with the web site / author?

Tip:  If you find an article abstract that is interesting, but you cannot find the full text online, copy all the information from the citation as you will need this information t