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How do you know if what you found is from a reliable source? Will your instructor accept it as college level research? Remember, your instructors know how to evaluate resources no matter where they come from.

The resources on this page have done some of the heavy lifting--evaluation--for you.

COM Library Guides collect websites that have been evaluated for good quality. Look for tabs or boxes labeled Websites in the guides.

Some library databases also collect good quality websites. 

Public Journals Online & Free Databases, and Google Scholar can help you get good quality sources that are freely available on the Internet. Save yourself some time and use them!

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Just as with all your other sources, it's up to you to review the ones you find and see if they are suitable for your assignment. Use the 5 Steps to Evaluation to help determine if your Internet source is suitable for college level research. Here are some more sites to help:


How to Find Internet Resources

InternetOn the plus side you have been using the Internet for years, so you are very familiar with it. You use Google or Bing or Wikipedia all the time. Piece of cake.

However, using these open access sources for your college research can actually be more challenging than using books or articles. It all goes back to the quality of information required for college research. Many webistes don't measure up. And citing a web page is a lot harder then grabbing a citation from our databases for articles or books that you used for your paper.


Fake Sites? What?

open access sourcesare a special concern for your instructors because some sites are published as jokes, propaganda, outright lies, and some are published by people who simply don't know what they're talking about. There is no screening process. Since most Web sites are not screened before being published you will be responsible for evaluating the sites you use.

Check out these fake scientific and commercial sites, or these social, political, religious, tourism and more sites. Click on the images to visit the sites. Most of them seem very credible, but they are all fake. Check out more scientific and commercial sites or social, political, religious, tourism and more sites.

Sadly, Dog Island does not exist.

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