As the richest source of information in history, the world wide web presents an exciting research tool for educators and students. But a simple query on any search engine will show that the web is also the greatest source of misinformation ever. Relatively few sites provide reliable, factual, accessible information, while many more provide useless drivel--or worse. How do educators begin to separate the wheat from the chaff, and point their students in the right direction?

One solution gaining popularity among educators is the fee-based reference sources available via the internet. Authoritative publishers such as Grolier and others have set...

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