Internet users frequently rely on the World Wide Web for doing research because it contains large amounts of quality resources.
Misinformation on the Web is a problem because anyone can publish on it. Since the lack of quality control exists, it requires Internet users to filter information for quality Web sites. For example, books, journals, magazines, and newspapers, editors are used to edit and screen information before it is published.
While librarians can help users to filter misinformation, it is important for users to be able to discern when information is factual rather than opinion and other gray areas of information. Identifying the types of Web site categories can help in selecting the appropriate kind of sources and give credibility to a paper. Knowing how to identify a few categories will be invaluable for your research.
Types of Website Categories
How To Recognize Websites
The following websites can help you recognize different types of websites:
Alexander, J. E., & Tate, M. E. (1999). Web wisdom: How to evaluate and create information quality on the web. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Piper, P. S. (2000). Better read that again: Web hoaxes and misinformation. Searcher, 9(8). Retrieved July 29, 2002.