Once you venture outside of trusted legal databases like Westlaw and LexisNexis to do non-legal research on the web, you need to evaluate the credibility of the resources you are using.
Ask yourself the following questions to help determine credibility of a website:
If legal research involves searching for cases, statutes, laws, rules, and regulations, what is factual research? Fact-finding or information gathering involves searching for people, corporations, scientific & medical reports, public records or any other non-legal research. Factual research is necessary to provide background information, find expert witnesses, or fulfill required due diligence.
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