Finding information for your assignments is just the first step. You now need to evaluate it. This checklist may help:
- Check the abstract (if there is one) to see if the article is useful to you. The abstract will save you reading the whole thing and rejecting it
- How old is the article? Older than you? Your Mother? Your Grandmother? That may not be an issue if the piece of research is a classic you would be expected to read
- How reliable is the source? A peer reviewed article? An article in a well regarded professional journal? An unknown website as opposed to a government, university, professional body site?
- Bias - does the resource have an angle? Is it trying to sell you something? Are they an organisation with an established view point on an issue?
- Remember that when searching Google the best results are not always those that display first - look through the pages. Look at the tab "Better Googling for tips on searching effectively.
Watch this video on evaluating results