Online Sources vs. Print Sources: Understanding the Difference Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Print Sources vs. Online Sources Worksheet to ensure you understand using each type for your research writing. By completing 10 exercises, you test your knowledge about both types of sources.
Online Sources vs. Print Sources: Understanding the Difference

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, determine if the statement is true or false, and explain your answer.

  • True or false: Print sources are always superior to online sources. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: It is very difficult to find print sources in an online format. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Every website is a reliable source of information as long as there is an author listed for the content. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Multimedia sources are available online only. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Online sources are always objective. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Websites with a .gov or .edu URL extension are always reliable. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: You should only use print sources or internet sources, but not both. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: You should always note if a source you found online is also available in printed form. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Every article in an online database is a reliable source. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: If someone on a website claims to be an expert, it is safe to take his or her word and consider the source as reliable. Explain your answer.