Almost everyone has found bad information on the Internet at some point -- even if you didn't know it at the time. Because anyone can publish online, it's important to evaluate your sources before using them in an academic paper.
When considering a website about a particularly divisive topic, be especially aware of potential biases by the author. It might be a good idea to look for sites that look at both the pro and the con side of an issue.
Found a website you want to use as a resource but aren't sure it's reliable? Try the PACAC method (adapted from The College Student's Research Companion, 5th ed., by Arlene R. Quaratiello with Jane Devine):
Still aren't sure a source is reliable? Ask a librarian. We can help you evaluate a website or point you toward another credible source if necessary.
Wikipedia can be a good place to start your research when you know nothing about a topic. Occasionally, you can even find good sources among the References and External Links listed on Wikipedia pages -- where the Wikipedia authors found out their information.
However, it is rarely acceptable to use Wikipedia as a source in an academic paper. Ask your instructor if you are unsure.
The websites listed here have been evaluated by librarians and may provide reliable information on your topic. But always evaluate your own sources to determine whether they are trustworthy.