The Internet is a vast network of linked computers providing access to more than 2 billion sites. Websites can be a useful source of information. While there is a lot of relevant information freely available on the web, anyone with the right skills and equipment can create a website so locating authoritative and scholarly sources can be difficult.

Reports and statistics produced by government and non-government agencies are published on the web, and can be very useful as sources of up to date perspectives on Australian issues, especially concerning welfare and social issues. However, you have to be very critical of what you find on website and able to recognise authoritative sources.

Review Evaluating a website in Module 4 of Successful Searching.