Evaluating the information that you find is an important part of conducting research - especially sources you find on the open web. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at information:
There are many different evaluation "tests" that can be used but the CRAAP Test from the California State University, Chico library provides a handy mnemonic and guide with questions to keep in mind while evaluating:
The four steps outlined above are from the e-book Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers as are the fact checking sites highlighted below. For more strategies and guidance look at the book, and in addition, visit Allsides.com to read up on media bias.
Tips for spotting Fake News:
Here are some characteristics of a scholarly source:
Note: Sometimes "non-scholarly" materials are returned in results even if you are searching scholarly publications - these may include book reviews or editorials. Be sure to evaluate carefully and check the document type if you are searching in a database.