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To say that content on the Web varies in quality is an understatement. The type of content most useful to you, the learner, depends on what you are using it for and what your instructors expect of you. There are some simple rules, though, which will help you separate the truly good from the average and -- more insidiously -- the apparently good.
The Web can be a very useful research tool, providing written information, images, sound recordings, video, and much more. When using the Web this way, though, try to judge sites on their content -- not on the animation or graphics they might use.
Following these simple guidelines will make it easier to produce high-quality reports and essays based on good information.
There are a few things you have to think about when considering this.
Does the site contain a lot of information, or simply a short description? For a longer essay or report, in-depth information is more useful. And no matter how easy it may seem, you should avoid using material created for young learners in the primary grades.
Be careful of sites that take a long time to load. This can waste valuable time. Also, check if you can print the material easily. When you find a good site, be sure to bookmark it on your browser so you can return to it easily later.
Be careful of sites with too much advertising, especially if you think that the site has been created to attract you to a business. They are less likely to be reliable. This does not include things like search engines.
URL: Abbreviation of Uniform Resource Locator, the address you see at the top of your Web page.