You've searched the library or done a web search, and you found some possible sources to use. But should you use them? And how should you? This section will help you answer those questions.
Starting on this page, we will look at how to identify if the information you found is credible or trustworthy. You should also look at what type of source you found and think about how you will use it when evaluating it.
Whenever you begin to examine a source, be asking yourself five questions about it: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
With these five questions in mind, you can approach each new source you find with an eye towards evaluating it for use and inclusion in your academic research at U of M!
Another method for verifying information's credibility is SIFT. SIFT is a way to quickly check about the trustworthiness of a source and find alternative sources of information. This is an especially good method for identifying misinformation on the web. For more details on how to use SIFT to evaluate sources, use the Check, Please! Starter Course.