It used to be the rule that to get published you had to “know your stuff” and be able to provide evidence for whatever it is you are claiming in you essay. thesis or article being developed. This evidence had to be from scholastic resources, mostly journals, periodicals and highly respected textbooks or references for whatever topic your essay is in. But a little more than ten years ago, these rules underwent some drastic changes (Kerwin, 2002).
About ten years ago, the internet became one of those libraries we turn to in order to learn and then further validate whatever it is that we have learned (Baraldi & Memmola, 2006). The introduction of wikipedia pretty much made this use of the internet a possibility. Prior to wikipedia, there were occasional pages on the internet like those of highly esteemed scholars, universities, specialists in their fields, more than half of which was somewhat of an itinerary on the courses they provided and the readings for that program. About the same time a few specialists came around on the internet and began to publish their own personal libraries on specific topics. Between Wikipedia and these sites mostly for classical reprints of highly respected works in various fields, the use of the internet came to be for students, and now, researchers , teachers and other professionals alike.
So today, in order to get published your mind and writing activities must learn to balance the role of the internet resources with how to maintain those traditional library skills for researching topics. Differentiating between refereed and non refereed items on the world wide web or internet is tougher to do than one might think. It costs money to go to the most scholarly places that exist, like the publishers of the main science journals. Non-refereed sites are always free, and take on various looks, so when we access them for the first time, it sometimes is hard to differentiate biased from unbiased information.
It is best to use the internet or www.* alone as information sources, but always check on the references there, search out the readings if links haven’t been provided, and try to validate everything being said there (see Cornell University recommendations cited below). With this in mind, now whatever it is you wish to have published has a better chance of being treated as scholarly, with excellent resources and references to link to, not as a page where yet more gibberish and perhaps hearsay about some popular culture topic exists for you read over, and over again, until you realize it is nearly identical to stuff found elsewhere on the web. The web is the mainstay for the freeest form of plagiarism in the world, only as of yet, we don’t call it that, we term it a consequence of laziness and overuse of the cut and paste features all word processing tools provide for us in today’s internet technology.
Baraldi, S., & Memmola, M. (2006). How healthcare organisations actually use the internet’s virtual space: a field study. International Journal Of Healthcare Technology & Management, 7(3/4), 3.
Cornell University, APA Citation Style. Reviewed at http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/apa
Kerwin, K. E. (2002). The Role of the Internet in Improving Healthcare Quality. Journal Of Healthcare Management, 47(4), 225.