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Computer & Network Communications: Find Web Resources

To work in conjunction with the program offered at Brock University to assist students with their IP engineering and computer science research needs

Evaluating Websites

Not all web sites are created equal...

Anyone can make a webpage. For academic purposes, it is important to always consider the following when using the web as part of your research:

Authority - who made the page? Is he/she an expert in the knowledge that is being presented?

Appropriateness - is the information appropriate for your assignment/research? Consider things like language, age level.

Currency - how old is the page? Is the information itself current? When was the page last updated?

Objectivity - is there a bias to the point of view of the page? Is it hidden or overt?

Purpose - what is the purpose of the site? Does it inform, sell, persuade an opinion?

Dalhousie University has an excellent resource to help you evaluate your web resources.

Technical Reports & Publications

Many organizations and companies create their own reports which are not formally published in journals or databases.  Here are a few good sources:

Microsoft White Papers

ReadWriteWeb (RSS)

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