Consider the Source - Use recognized authorities. Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality - All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
Be a cyberskeptic - Does the site make claims that seem too good to be true? Does the information use deliberately obscure, "scientific" sounding language? Does it promise quick, dramatic, miraculous results?
Look for the evidence - Rely on medical research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency - Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias - what is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2015
- Case studies
- Engineering failures -- From Wikipedia
- Five Civil Engineering Failures that Led to Design Breakthroughs and New Technologies -- Infographic from Ohio University, Russ College of Engineering and Technology
- The Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing (EEVL)
- Materials Data Information -- Selected print resources
- Materials Today -- Materials science magazine
- MatWeb -- Engineering materials property data & resources
- IEEE code of ethics
- NSPE code of ethics
- NSPE: Board of Ethical Review Cases