To get the best results, you need to use the best information sources. Is the information correct? Is it in depth enough for HE study? Does your source add authority to your argument? It is important to evaluate all sources, but especially websites. Sources for academic study will usually have gone through some form of editorial process. ANYONE can publish ANYTHING on the Internet. You are the judge.
Is your source CRAP (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Point-of-View)?
Printable PDF of The CRAAP Test Worksheet (California State University)
Leeds University offer an online tutorial on critically evaluating information using Authority, Objectivity, Timeliness, Relevance and Evidence.
Finding the good stuff based on Objectivity, Reliability and Relevance (Manchester University)
Godwin, J. (2014) Planning your essay (2nd ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp23-29. Shelf number: 808.066 GOD
Williams, K. (2013) Planning your dissertation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp39-54. Shelf number: 808.066 WIL
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