|Ask yourself how you are
using the Web. Doing research is
not just looking up stuff. Don't use
Google and other search engines just because that is what you've done before. You should be looking for
something substantial, and as powerful as Google
searches are, they not only don't
distinguish between the good and the bad, too often they fail to retrieve the best or most important.
Don't expect to find everything you will need on the Web, because not
everything is available on the Web. Let me repeat: Not everything is available on the Web.
- Websites found through Google and other web search engines may not
be appropriate sources for academic research and
other school work.
- It may be better to start at a library website
-- and it may even save you time.
- Because of copyright, cost, and demand issues (to name only
a few reasons), some materials just won't be found on the Web.
- Although some really old
does show up on the Web, a host of materials written before you were
born have not migrated to the Web and might not ever.
- Often the most valuable resources for
research are only available if you or someone else (such as a school or
library) has paid for access to it.