The internet is not a source. It is more like a library or achive -- a vast depository of both junk and gems. We find many kinds of sources posted to the internet:
- published material (much of it "self-published)
- transcriptions and extractions from original sources
- digital images of original sources (both primary and secondary)
We use these materials with the same care we exercise when examinng material from traditional "non-virtual" sources.
No one, with the possible exception of Cyndi (www.cyndislist.com), can keep up with everything on the internet, just like no one can know about every source in every library or archive. But, we can be smart about search strategies. That, I have decided, is the key point of my new lecture.