“What Today’s College Students Say About Conducting Research in the Digital Age,” written by Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg of Project Information Literacy (PIL), is a national study on how “early adults resolve issues of credibility, authority, relevance, and currency of resources used for course-related research.”
Interestingly enough, Head and Eisenberg came to the conclusion that research is more difficult to conduct in our digital age
than it has been in the past. Part of the reason for this is that we are bombarded with an overload of information published online by amateurs, making it more difficult to decipher what information we find over the Internet is actually professional, authoritative, trustworthy, and relevant.
So, as an online student, it certainly is important that you hone your online research skills and utilize online library databases. This facet of your online learning experience should be taken advantage of to its fullest extent throughout your academic career.
The website AcademicInfo offers a good collection of tips on how best to search the Internet for information, as well as how to avoid the inherent pitfalls in your path.