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What is the Internet?

Promises and Pitfalls of Internet Research

Putting Internet Research into Perspective

Tips & Suggestions for Students

Teaching Ideas & Suggestions

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Used carefully, the Internet holds much possibility for fruitful research and valuable learning. Although many still scorn the Internet as a place to conduct serious academic research, that attitude is changing. Mike Palmquist of Colorado State University claims that although there was good reason to be skeptical of information found on the Web in its early days, there are now greater amounts of quality information out there. He cites the availability of print media such as The New York Times and Newsweek, information from state and government agencies, academic journals, libraries, and museums. The key, however, is knowing how to find that quality information. This requires a solid understanding of how to search the Web and how to evaluate sites; if we have a basic grasp of these things, we can in turn help our students not get tangled in the Web's many twists and turns.