Using the Internet for Research
Scarborough Archives, Scarborough Historical Museum Youth Program
Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA
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Information Superhighway or Dead End ?
The internet is a great way to find sources and information. It is one of the most used secondary source research tools. It is easy, fast and you can quickly access more information than in any single library.
BE WEB SMART
Just because it is on your computer screen doesn't mean it is true.
Some websites are purposely set up to spoof legitimate sites. Some are posted by people with lots of interest and few facts.
Assess all sources with a critical eye for bias and factual accuracy.
Check for valid references and bibliographies, everytime.
Primary Sources On Line !
Many archives and museums now have parts of their collections available on line. You can view historic documents, photos, maps, letters and more on your computer.
Image of primary source photo:
Elliott Store, Scarborough, ON courtesy Scarborough Archives