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Whether a Web site or in paper, the same criteria basically apply for both.
Author is identified with reliable credentials
Is the publication itself reliable? a reliable publisher? is the Web page URL coming from a government agency (.gov), an institution or agency (.org, .net), an educational institution (.edu) [.com or personal pages are not unbiased or necessarily reliable]
Are there references for further reading?
Do you know where their data comes from?
How current is the information?
Use the criteria above to decide if the source is credible, accurate and reliable.
If you need to find primary literature, check out those criteria. If all you want is some news about a topic, a newspaper will suffice. It depends on what your need is.
Resources in the Library
Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers by Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors
Call Number: SCIENCE REF T11 .S386 2006
See the References section.
The ACS style guide : effective communication of scientific information
Call Number: SCIENCE REF QD8.5 .A25 2006
American Chemical Society guidelines.
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