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Although it is tempting to go to the Web for information first, it is not always the best place to start your research.

Most information on the Web is not reviewed

Anyone can publish on the Web without passing the content through an editor. Pages might be written by an expert on the topic, a journalist, a disgruntled consumer or even a child.

Information on the Web is not always organized.

Some directory services, like Yahoo, provide links to sites in subject lists. But there are too many Web pages for any single directory service to organize.

Most information on the Web is not comprehensive.

Rarely will you be able to use a search engine on the Web to collect information about your topic from earlier decades and different types of sources.

Most information on the Web is not permanent.

Some well-maintained sites are updated with very current information, but other sites may become quickly dated or disappear altogether with little or no warning.