When to Use the Web

As you approach your research question, you will first want to determine which types of sources to consult. Remember, consulting textbooks (both in print and electronic formats), journal literature, information from the Internet and experts are all viable options.

Internet resources are most appropriate for:

Consumer Health Questions
  • Example: Where can I find information on the risks of smokeless tobacco for my patient who speaks Spanish?
Practice Guideline Questions
Legal Information Questions
“Direct-to-the-source” questions where you can identify a professional organization or government agency that would produce or “cover” each kind of information
Statistical Information Questions

Note: If you use websites to answer your research questions, please make sure that you evaluate the quality of the information you have found. For more information on determining website quality, check out our page on Evaluating Internet Information.

Additionally, to aid in selecting high-quality websites you can use the Library’s Subjects A-Z resources, which list many quality-filtered weblinks.