Information on the Internet
Not always reliable
So, you’re preparing a presentation on the pyramids of Egypt? Or you want to adopt a dog and are wondering which breed would suit you best? Or maybe you like luxury cars and want to know more about them? The Internet gives you access to information on countless subjects. Enter a search term, click your mouse a few times, and start browsing thousands of sites on the subject you’re interested in!


Can you be sure that all the information you find on the Internet is reliable and accurate? Of course not! Anyone can create a web site and write whatever they want, as long as they comply with their service provider’s acceptable usage policy. So, how do you make sure that the information you find is reliable?

Check your sources
  • Who wrote the information? A recognized association, a university researcher, a qualified professional? Or simply someone who is as interested in the subject as you are?
Check their sources
  • What is their information based on? Research, encyclopaedias, solid professional experience? Or simply whatever they happen to know or think they know?
Check how often the site is updated
  • Reliable sites mention the date they were created (generally by means of a copyright notice at the bottom of the page) and the date the latest articles, news releases and other content was published.
Check out the author and their sources
  • Are there any other sites by the same author? What do people say about the author?
Check what other sites say
  • Do other sites agree with what you’re reading?
Don’t forget to credit your own sources
  • When you get around to presenting the information that you’ve collected from the Internet, don’t forget to indicate the authors whose sites you relied on. This not only respects their copyright but it also enhances your credibility.
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