The amount of information on the Internet is already huge and is growing rapidly all the time. Search engines such as Google can be helpful in some instances but have serious limitations for scholarly research. You will need to plan your searches carefully and precisely to avoid obtaining too many results.
1. Use professional and governmental websites e.g.
2. Use specific Internet portals for education e.g.
3. Always make sure you evaluate websites that you use:
Accuracy: can you rely on the information provided on the website?
Authority: who has written the webpages and do they have the necessary knowledge or qualifications to do so?
Currency: are the pages up-to-date and regularly maintained?
Objectivity: Is there any inherent bias in the pages that you need to be aware of?
Coverage: Does the website provide enough information or will you need to look at a range of websites?
Excellent, free toolkit from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to help researchers find education-based research on the Internet. Includes:
Suitable for undergraduates and taught postgraduates as well as staff and researchers.
An alternative to Google. Unlike Google and other search engines, DuckDuckGo does not collect or share your personal information.