When I wrote yesterday’s post, Note 323 – Eight books as a source of information, it made me realise how much I’ve missed each and every one of my writing books, as I tend to use the internet as a source of reference nowadays instead. I must get back to reading the books as a refresher and also to see what I missed the first time around.
Here are a just a few online sources I use:
- Oxford dictionaries online
- Cambridge Dictionary Online
- The Free dictionary
- Daily Writing Tips
Do you use any other online sources of information other than the above?
Tips for sourcing online information
The above sites are well-known, but that doesn’t mean that lesser known ones are not reliable; however, it goes without saying that great care needs to be taken when referencing anything on the internet. As a researcher you just need to check for certain things like who the writer is, what their credentials are and so on.
A great article called Internet Research Tips on Homeworktips.about.com, lists ways to verify if the information found is trustworthy taking into account things like URLs, name of author and detailed bibliographies. They explain that “the Internet is a great resource, but it is also a public forum, where anyone can make a claim or an assertion”. Very true!