Obtain teacher approval for your topic before embarking on a full-scale research.
If you are uncertain as to what is expected of you in completing the assignment or project, re-read your assignment sheet carefully or ASK your teacher. Avoid subjects that are too technical, learned, or specialized.
Learning how to evaluate websites critically and to search effectively on the Internet can help you eliminate irrelevant sites and waste less of your time.
The recent arrival of a variety of domain name extensions such as (commercial businesses), .pro, (info on products / organizations), .name, (Web Site), (Cocos Island) or (St.
Be wary of the millions of personal home pages on the Net.
The quality of these personal homepages vary greatly.
Check out public and university libraries, businesses, government agencies, as well as contact knowledgeable people in your community. As you gather your resources, jot down full bibliographical information (author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, page numbers, URLs, creation or modification dates on Web pages, and your date of access) on your work sheet, printout, or enter the information on your laptop or desktop computer for later retrieval.
If printing from the Internet, it is wise to set up the browser to print the URL and date of access for every page.
Avoid topics that have only a very narrow range of source materials.
For general or background information, check out useful URLs, general information online, almanacs or encyclopedias online such as Britannica.