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for Faculty: Using the Internet Wisely

library instruction, research assistance, scholarly publishing information

How Does the Internet Work?

The Internet, a network of computer networks, is the hardware in which the World Wide Web and other online content resides. Saying "I found it on the Internet" or "on the Web" is only saying you found it in a computer. That means nothing about the reliability, validity, or authority of the information or how someone else might locate it.

          Click for a popular description, written when the Internet was fifty years old.

                    Click here for "How Does the Internet work?," an Internet Whitepaper from Rus Shuler via Stanford University (2002).

Evaluating Information Sources

how to spot fake news