Sources, Sources Everywhere . . .

There is no question that the Web has put volumes of information and opinion—and everything in between—at our fingertips like never before in human history. In fact, many people believe that the Web is the ideal research tool: it's fast, accessible, easy to use—it's even pretty good at predicting what we want to search for before we are done typing!

But all of this makes the Web one of the worst tools for academic research—not the best. The easy availability of so much information actually makes researching a topic much more challenging. We inevitably spend too much time trying to gauge the reliability of the sources we find—the hundreds, thousands, or even millions of search results.