Using the Web for Documentation?

I. Marc Carlson LIB_IMC at
Fri Oct 25 10:57:54 PDT 1996

<Sigrid<SusanKFord at>>
>What are your opinions and suggestions on using the Web for documentation?
>Have you seen it cited as a source yet?

I've even cited it as a source.

As a rule, however, there is very little on the WWW that can not be 
found elsewhere, in some other format that has a bit better control over 
its authority.  The majority of what currently exists on the web has 
minimal content, and is maximized to suck you in and give you a very
brief synopsis of the material.  Therefore, with very few exceptions, 
I would classify documentation from the Web as being akin to citing 
encyclopedias.  In other words, it's a great place to get a short definition
for something, but you run some serious risks if you cite it (back track
THEIR sources and check them out).

If it is a source that exists nowhere else, or is just dripping with
content, then *maybe*.

I. Marc Carlson, Reference Librarian    |LIB_IMC at CENTUM.UTULSA.EDU
Tulsa Community College, West Campus LRC|Sometimes known as:
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