Evaluating Web Sites
As you probably found out in Exercise 8, a web search can easily yield hundreds, if not thousands, of links, depending on your search terms. And you need to evaluate these links carefully, just as you did with the print resources you found using the electronic databases.
Sorting through all the web pages to find ones that are both relevant and reliable can be a challenge, particularly because the Web, unlike the electronic databases, does not discriminate - it includes pages authored by anyone with an opinion, an Internet connection, Web space, and some HTML know-how. Noted experts in a field and individuals with no expertise whatsoever can both put up professional, polished web pages, and it's up to you to separate fact from fiction.
Consider, for example,Ayleeorgnet.com. How do you know whether this site is a legitimate warning or a hoax?