Using the Internet for academic research can be tricky if you do not critically evaluate the sources you find. Internet resources can seem legitimate in appearance and content. Remember, anyone can publish anything on the Web about any topic.
The CACAO acronym is an easy step-by-step guide to help you evaluate and determine whether a web site is reliable or questionable. Below you'll find the five steps to review when evaluating web resources:
This version of the The Catholic Encyclopedia, appearing free on the web, was written from 1907 to 1914. The latest version, published in 2003, is available online or in print, by subscription only.
The CIA's World Factbook, covering the country of Australia, features a simple table of contents including information on geography, population, economy and more
The Bibliography on the History of Cigarette Smoking provides informational sources on the topic from 1920-2000.
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Interested in learning more about evaluation of web resources? Try this tutorial.