Use critical thinking to decide when information is useful, trustworthy, and relevant.
Finding sources for your project is only one part of the research process. An equally important part is being able to tell if the sources you've located are trustworthy, high-quality, and appropriate for your topic.
Evaluation follows a sliding scale; it's not black or white, good or bad. While there are some sources that might fall into these clear categories, most information you find in your research will fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
SIFT is a helpful acronym that describes steps used to evaluate the information you find online:
This an abbreviated version, for more information and guidance check out our section on Evaluating Sources in the Library 160 textbook: