When you are engaged in the research process, you want to limit your searching to quality, reliable, credible and accurate sites.
If you use the Internet for research, you should know that recent studies found that less than 7% of search results could be considered research-worthy material.
Always examine websites with a critical eye, especially those you encounter for the first time.
Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.
If we don't have something you need, check out the links for Other Libraries in Worcester. There are links to individual libraries as well as online catalogs for groups of libraries across the country. Remember, you can have access to most area college libraries by getting a Worcester consortium ARC card at the Circulation Desk in the Library.
Scholarly journals are often referred to as peer reviewed or refereed journals.
General interest or popular magazines
One of the most frequent questions asked of librarians is how to find, or where are the Peer Reviewed Journals. Most scholarly information is not freely available on the Internet, so the library's databases are the best place to start.
The Web is a self-publishing medium so anyone can publish anything online - and they do. Content on the Internet (Web) ranges from good to awful; accurate to downright wrong, misleading or dangerous.
When you use search engines like Google or Yahoo, you're only crawling the surface of the billions of individual web pages posted online.
Sites on the Internet vary in quality. It can be difficult to judge which sources are reliable and which are not trustworthy. Before you even consider using content from those sites in your research, think about your (or your professor's) requirements for the quality and reliability of your information. Go beyond what a site looks like, and don't let technology camouflage poor content.