Before you begin to read or take notes — choose your sources of information carefully; not all sources are reliable. Differentiating reliable from unreliable sources is an important life skill, and is essential for research at both the high school and post-secondary levels. Of the Top Ten Research Skills for First Year University Students, three relate to source evaluation.
- To evaluate the reliability of any source, review the differences between popular and academic/scholarly sources, and be able to apply the C.A.R.E.S criteria to EVERY source you are considering — whether text or image.
- Begin with the suggested sources below — which link to vetted sources and provide built-in research tools.