No matter what your source is or where you find it, you'll want to do some basic evaluation to determine if the information is credible and relevant to your topic. Make sure to look especially closely at websites--they can be excellent sources of information but they do need to be checked for accuracy! The steps for two different evaluation methods are provided below.
Use the five criteria of the TRAAP test to determine whether a source is appropriate for your research.
If your source doesn't meet these five criteria, it might be a TRAAP!
There's more than one way to evaluate a source. The SIFT Method was created specifically for web sources and takes a fact-checking approach.