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Evaluating Information on the Internet

Learn how to evaluate whether a website and its contents are reliable and discover tools and tricks to get better results from your online searches.

Start with Pierce's Resources!

The electronic resources Pierce subscribes to are the best places to start. Remember, these resources are a part of the private web, so they are maintained regularly and the information there is controlled. 

  • You can access reference sources - which are good for background information and facts - as well as article databases from this page or via the library's website.
  • Need help constructing a search? See our Search Techniques page.

Search Gale Ebooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)

   Gale eBooks

Gale Ebooks is a database that includes online Reference books. It is a great place to start to get an overview of your topic. 


  • Browse by Subject or Collection or try typing in a few keywords that represent your topic.
  • Too many results? Use the options on the right hand side of the screen to narrow down your search. 
  • Print or download sections of online books. These books are not available for full download.


Find Newspapers and Magazines

Find Academic/Scholarly Articles