GET SMART ONLINE

To make the most of your online resources, follow these quick tips: 

     1.  Know what's in a name:
          .org = nonprofit organizations
          .edu = educational institutions
          .gov = government agencies
          .com = commercial sites
          .mil = military sites 

     2.  Choose sources that pass the test:
          If you are looking for credible information, research sites that have data that backs up the statements.  The best sites give you resource information or you can view original papers or studies.

     3.  Don't rely on just one site:
          Find the information on multiple sites and from multiple sources.  This helps to ensure that you are using verified facts confirmed by multiple parties.

     4.  Cite your sites:
          Properly cite your sources when drawing from online research.  Ask you teacher how he/she would prefer online sources be credited.  In general, online sources should be treated as printed materials and handled accordingly.

     5.  Vary your media:
          Websites are great for finding facts and seeing what people think.  Stretch out and vary your media by checking out podcasts on your topics or reading blogs.  Both can be sources of up-to-the-minute information.