Validating research sources

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Web design techniques are so sophisticated that no clear line is visible between the Web site of a legitimate business and that of a suspect source.Because of the lack of clarity, almost every Internet user has fallen prey to some sort of Internet scam or has forwarded, or at least quoted, some misinformation that was circulated by e-mail.

Similarly, for information on other topics, not only is there a huge quantity available but with a very uneven level of quality.So how can we gage the reliability of the information we are viewing online?As with any other source, we need to use good judgment regarding who to trust.The quantity of information available is so staggering that we cannot know everything about a subject.For example, it's estimated that anyone attempting to research what's known about depression would have to read over 100,000 studies on the subject.

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