Research skills

Identifying information

Internet

The Internet has made accessing information more flexible and often quicker – but remember that not everything is going to be online!

The Internet can provide you with access to resources such as:

  • News websites
  • Open access journal articles (research published freely online)
  • Company and organisation websites
  • Government websites
  • General interest websites
  • Online audio and video resources
  • Social networking sites
  • …the list is almost endless!

You can use a search engine to do a general search on the Internet, or try a subject-specific search engine or directory.

However, beware of the quality of the sources you are using. Anyone can put anything on the internet – just because it’s online, it doesn’t mean it is the best source of information. You may need to use a variety of sources to get the information you need.