We all use Google, but when you're looking for information on the internet, it's important to check that your information is reliable and not the work of someone that is looking to spread misinformation.
The internet is useful for finding information like:
If you are not sure if the information you found is sound, you can use our techniques for evaluating information.
It's extremely important that you evaluate each source before using them in your assessments, particularly if you are using information you found on the internet. Have a look at this video to see how to evaluate webpages.
There are many different ways to evaluate information, but one of the best and easiest ways is the C.R.A.P Test. The C.R.A.P test evaluates a source based on the following criteria:
Google is often the way to find information online. There are 2 simple searching tips that can help you quickly locate sources. You can use these tips by themselves or combine them.
Tip 1: Search by File Type
Reports are most often shared in PDF format on websites. By limiting your search by file type, it can help you locate reports.
To do this, add the phrase filetype:pdf into your google search.
Tip 2: Search by Domain
Filtering your search results by the domain will help you filter your search down to specific types of websites. For example, if I was looking for government reports I could filter my search to Australian government websites by adding site:gov.au to your search.
Other domains you could try include: