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Oceanography Library Guide: Evaluating Websites

How to find information - a library guide for Oceanography students at UCT.

Internet Resources

A large amount of information that may be of interest to oceanography is available on the internet. Some of the information can be accessed on subject-specific internet sites and through using general search engines.There is a list of subject specific sites for Oceanography. When using the internet resources, you need to be cautious, as most websites do not undergo peer review. It is therefore important to evaluate the website that you get your information from.

Searching the Internet

For tips on searching the internet, try this website:

Evaluating a website

How does one evaluate a website? How does one make sure that the website one is getting information from is reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective or current? Find the answers to these and other questions from the following sites:

"Invisible" or "Deep" Web searching

There is a vast amount of information on the world wide web that cannot be found using general purpose search engines like Google. General purpose search engines provide only the tip of the iceberg of what is available on the web. There are alternatives to general purpose search engines:

  • Subject Specific Search Engines - see links to Scirus and Science below.
  • Subject Directories - see links to INFOMINE, Librarians Internet Index and DMOZ below.
  • Search Engines that will search the invisible web - see links to CompletePlanet and INCYWINCY below.
  • Semantic Search Engines - See links to Wolfram Alpha and Hakia below.

How to conduct research

There are also websites that can assist you in doing your research.  The following website provides a step-by-step guide into how to conduct your research, from choosing a topic to writing up your work: