When you have selected a number of publications, the next stage is to evaluate their quality and reliability. Start by viewing all information with a critical eye and use your common sense when making your choices.
There are certain criteria that you can use for judging the quality of information. Consider the following:
Printed texts have usually been checked by the publishers (editorial boards), and subject experts check scholarly articles before they are published (peer-review). Internet texts on the other hand are rarely checked by others. Anybody can publish a text for any purpose at all, which means that the quality varies enormously.
All kinds of information – both printed and electronic – should be viewed critically, but it is particularly important to be observant and to evaluate carefully any information found on the Internet.
Analyse the information on a website using these questions: