Google is a good way to discover Government reports and statistics. But not all the of the information you find on the Internet is accurate, up-to-date and reliable. It is important to evaluate your information before you decide to use it in your assignment.
Always check the URL of a website to determine what type of site the information is coming from:
.edu.au : an educational institution
.gov.au : a government body
.org.au : an organisation
.com.au or .co : a commercial site
.net : a network
Is it published by a reputable author or organisation?
There is no shortage of information on the web, but making sense of the huge range of information available and separating useful information from the junk is critical. There is a range of criteria you can use to analyse and evaluate the quality, usefulness and validity of the resources you find.
These guidelines for evaluating information will help you with the evaluation process.
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