Evaluate all web-based information
Relevance: Is it relevant to your topic? Is it current? Is it too detailed or not detailed enough? What are the key concepts?
Authority: Are the authors experts in their fields? Has your lecturer recommeded the book or article? Who is responsible for the page? Is there copyright information or can you contact the person or organisation who created the page? When was the page last updated?
Purpose: What is the purpose of the website? Is it trying to sell? Does it represent a particular point of view? (opinions can be useful but may need to be balanced with other opinions)
Remember you can be anyone on the Internet. The website you are viewing might be written by someone with no qualifications or knowledge!!
Many sites have an overview page called: About This Site or a Site Map. A Site Index can help you find specific information quickly. Look at the domain letters at the end of the URL to identify the type of site.
Edware Tufte, data visualization pioneer leads a discussion on the art of data visualization.