In today's information driven society, a vast amount of resources are available in print and non-print from the Web. Using information that provides facts and opinions from credible sources is one key for developing and writing a scholarly paper.
Since the development of the Internet there has been an infinite amount of information made available from purchasing merchandise online to getting medical information. Unlike books, journals, magazines, and newspapers, most information on the Web is not checked and evaluated by publishers and editors.
Critically evaluating information sources is essential as you gather information from books, magazines, journals, newspapers, and from the World Wide Web. It is important that you can document and support your findings accurately.
A Hierarchy of Credibility of Sources
(Some scholarly databases and encyclopedias are subject to multiple peer reviews)
High - Peer-reviewed (vetted or refereed)
Encyclopedias: established, "safe" scholarly knowledge
Scholarly journals, books, and .edu or .gov websites
Mid - Editorially Reviewed
Trade and professional publications
Low - Unreviewed
Governed wikis, including Wikipedia and some websites: good for topics in popular culture
Many or most websites, blogs, and ungoverned wikis