The Web is not always the best place to start.
Although many people first go to the Web for information, there are many reasons
why it may not be the best source.
Most information on the Web does not go through a review process.
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.
Some information on the Web is not free.
Many Web pages are free to view, but some commercial sites will
charge a fee to access their information.
Information on the Web is not 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 and index.
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
without much if any notice.