- Consider the purpose of your research. If you are looking for information about your favorite band, it would be okay to go to Wikipedia or a fan site. If, however, you are doing academic research about The Civil War, then you need reviewed, reliable sources that can be cross-checked.
- A healthy level of doubt is very helpful when doing research. Learn to question the information you find online.
- With the Internet, everyone can be a published author. Keep this is mind when doing research online.