A tremendous amount of information can be found on the Internet. However, the quality and reliability of information found on websites varies tremendously as well. It can be difficult to determine if what you find is legitimate and reliable and appropriate for your research papers and presentations.
Attached below are some guidelines to utilize when you are evaluating websites for reliablity and utility.
Please also take a look at the following link for a good discussion of the difference between popular and scholarly sources.
Information Literacy Overview
Being able to understand, find, evaluate, and use information creatively and ethically is a vital skill to have, especially in the quick-exchange age of the Internet. The incredible volume and pace of information creation and communication is such that, when we cannot simply already know something, we must be able to find out, to sort what is best from the available rush of information. But finding the information is not the end of the process; we must also be able to interpret it, to analyze and critique it, and ultimately, to use it responsibly and originally. Jason Ezell, 2009