There are multiple internet sites out there that want you to think you’re the expert in a particular subject. Since there seem to be more sites than real experts, you need to be careful where the reliability of internet information is concerned.
Computers and small personal electronics make information easy to find. The unfortunate part of the equation is that much of the information simply isn’t accurate. Content sites heavily populate the internet. Some offer great information that has been well researched. Others lack in real expertise in a subject. When using the computer or other personal electronics to find answers, look for sites that have links to the information they’re referring to. Also look to see if references have been listed at the end of the article.
Even though the invention of the computer and internet reduced the number of trips we need to make to the library, it doesn’t mean that good old fashioned research rules don’t apply. Learning how to do research on the internet is as important as learning how to use the old fashioned card catalog. You still need to verify that information.
The good news is that information can be verified fast. Computer and software engineers have made valuable knowledge accessible in seconds. Take those few extra seconds to search for the truth. Just because it came across some social networking site doesn’t make it true.
Wiki sites are typically pretty reliable because they are designed to be edited and monitored by people who feel they are expert in the subject. Read the discussion tab if you use Wiki sites in your computer research. You may find leads to more information that way. Experts can also go in and edit bad information. Wiki internet sites are a vibrant, academic place to find the most recent information and knowledge.
Never take what you read as the truth. Always search the internet for verification.