Using Google to Research
When you research on the internet, you have to evaluate each website and decide whether or not it looks like a good source - if it's valid. If the website end in a .gov (government) or a .edu (education), those are generally good websites for information. But if your website ends in .com or .org, you will have to look for a few things to help you decide if it's good information.
1. Who wrote it?
- Is there an About Us section?
- Is there a person or organization that made this website?
- If you can't find out who wrote it, you probably shouldn't use it.
2. Why should you trust them?
- Are they an expert?
- What makes them an expert? (Degree, experience, other?)
3. Do you think it looks like a good source?
- Are they part of an official organization that can prove it exists?
- Can you contact them?
- Use your best judgement to decide for yourself if it looks like good information.