The World Wide Web offers information and data
from all over the world. Because so much information is available, and because
that information can appear to be fairly “anonymous,” it is necessary to
develop skills to evaluate what you find. When you use a research or academic
library, the books, journals, and other resources have already been evaluated
by scholars, publishers and librarians. Every resource you find has been
evaluated in one way or another before you ever see it. When you are using the
World Wide Web, none of this applies. There are no filters. Because anyone can
write a Web page, documents of the widest range of quality, written by authors
of the widest range of authority, are available on an even playing field.
Excellent resources reside along side the most dubious. The Internet epitomizes
the concept of Caveat lector: Let the reader beware.