Selecting the best resources to support your research involves more than finding good content. There are several other factors you must also consider to make sure a source is reliable and appropriate for your needs.
This guide will explain the main criteria by which to evaluate resources and will help you look at potential sources more critically. Although the focus here is on evaluating websites and news, these criteria can apply to journals, books, magazines, and other sources.
There is a lot of useful information online and in print. Some information comes from reliable sources, while other information does not. When deciding whether a resource is appropriate for academic research, evaluate it based on these qualities:
For more information, see the Criteria tab on the Evaluating Sources guide.