Quality of Information

Traditional library resources have usually undergone some sort of evaluative process. Books and other library materials you find have been selected and evaluated by librarians or other information specialists.

The materials indexed in library databases are included because of certain qualitative criteria established by the organization or company producing the database.

In spite of this selection process, these materials still require evaluation. You should always evaluate your sources to make sure the information is thorough, accurate and timely enough for your particular purpose.

Reliability should never be assumed with Web sites. Anyone can publish on the Web -- it is not regulated in any way. Evaluation is especially important when viewing web sites and pages available on the Open Web.

Don't assume that you can trust anything ... be wary and critical of everything you find.

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