Why it’s important…

Be honest: have you ever left an assignment until the night before and then realized that you had forgotten your research material in your locker? Yeah…kind of a drag. And just how understanding was your teacher when you explained what happened the next day? Not so much, right?

Uh-oh. Looks like someone didn’t get her research done!
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While the bad news may mean having to start over (you won’t forget your work in your locker next time, right?), the good news is that access to the Internet means all is not lost: you can use information available online to complete your research.

But it’s important to remember that there is an endless amount of information out there–which can make it a little overwhelming to find exactly what you want, let alone what you need. And it’s also important to remember that not all websites are created equal: just because it’s there, doesn’t make it true, or useful, or accurate—all things your information needs to be, to help you get an “A” on your assignment!

Websites, unlike traditional print material such as books and magazines, don’t have to go through a long editorial process involving a whole army of people proofreading, checking facts, and proofreading some more to make sure the final product is accurate and correct. Remember, anyone can have a website–in fact you probably have one yourself–so it’s important that as an Internet user, you are able to evaluate the quality and reliability of information presented.

So, what makes a good website? Well, time to find out “What to look for...

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