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Evaluating Online Content

The Internet and online databases can be valuable sources of information for research and writing. However, not all material found on Internet Web sites is useful or appropriate for academic work and some sources are of better quality than others. When you utilize internet resources for academic purposes, it is your responsibility to be a critical user of these sites and their contents. The following links should help you determine the value of the Web-based content for use in your academic research and student assignments.

AU Help Centre's Internet Searching Site

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet Handout (U of A)

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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