Are your resources appropriate for your research paper? Consider:
Who is the author? Is this clearly stated?
What are the credentials of the author/organization?
On the web, consider the domain: addresses that end in .com are from commercial sites
like businesses, .gov addresses are from government agencies, .edu are from educational
institutions. Web addresses with a tilde (~) often indicate a personal web page.
How accurate is the information listed?
Is the information in agreement with information found in another source? You should
be able to find corroborative evidence in other sources.
Is the informational content free from advertising or opinion?
Are advertisements/editorials clearly labeled as such?
Does the source clearly indicate when it was published?
If the information is from a website, look for an indication of when the page was
last updated. Good websites should be updated regularly.
Can you determine if the information is complete? For example, is the source an excerpt
from a larger work or abridged in any way?