Always evaluate your source to ensure they are high quality and reliable. This is an important step both when you're at university and in your future careers.
What is a Quality Resource?
The CRAAP Test was developed by the librarians at CSU-Chico. It is a list of guiding questions to ask yourself when evaluating your sources. It can help you determine if a source is appropriate for your project.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Is the information too old for your topic?
Are the links functional?
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
Authority: the source of the information
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on this topic?
Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?