Whether using books, journals, websites, or other resources, it is important to evaluate the information you are using. Consider the following:
Where are you getting your information?
Is the source scholarly or not?
Are the authors identified?
What are the author's credentials?
Is your source a detailed report or a summary?
Is it primary or secondary material?
Do the authors have a bias?
Is the article produced by an organization with an agenda?
Is the report from a company benefiting from the information provided?
Are opposing views presented?
Is there a bibliography or works cited?
Are sources cited?
What time period is covered by the information?
Does this matter for your research?