Things to consider

The web contains an enormous amount of information. Not all of it is reliable. You have to look at your results in a very critical manner to be sure that the website is providing you with quality information that comes from knowledgeable people. Ask yourself: who put up the information, why is it there, can you verify the information from another source, and when was it put up?

Before you start to search, take the time to read over the 6 Criteria for Websites put together by the Dalhousie University Libraries. Be prepared to hunt for the answers. You may need to look at both the top and the bottom of the web page, find the About or Home pages, or truncate back the URL address.

Tip:  To truncate, go to the address box at the top of your browser, delete all characters after the last  slash ( / ) and press Enter to see if you can discover more information about the site. Continue for each slash ( /  ) in the address.


Why use websites

  • They can be a good source of information that’s difficult to find elsewhere.
  • They can provide the latest information (breaking news).
  • They can be a good source of quick facts, government information, and statistics.


Remember to identify the keywords of your research topic before you begin. For better results use the advanced search page of a search engine.