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Use this guide to complete your research for your internship

Using the Web effectively

Use the information given  below to find and evaluate information on the Web.

Just Think Google

One way to effectively search the Internet is to use Google Advanced Search.  Visit www.google.com next to the search box click on Advanced Search.  Type in your search terms in the top box.  In the very bottom box type in the domain you want.  Ex: .gov, .edu for the most credible websites.

The ABCD of Website Evaluation: What to Look For

Authority
Who is the author? What are the author's credentials?  Does the author have expertise in the area? Is the author associated with a reputable organization? 

Bias
Is the information balanced? Is it more opinion than fact? Is the page a presentation of facts or designed to sway opinion? Is a product, service, donate button, or idea being sold?

Currency
When was the page last updated? Are any links dead? Is the information consistent with your knowledge in the subject?

Documentation
Is information documented with references? Are the facts given supported with evidence? If statistics are provided, what is the source? Is the page free of spelling mistakes or other obvious mistakes? 

The ABCD of Website Evaluation Chart

This chart will  help you walk through the evaluation. It helps you look for certain things for each letter, tells you why you should evaluate, and what you should look for when evaluating.