A brief video that reviews the evaluation criteria outlined by the CRAAP Test.
From Western Libraries, Western University Canada
If you want a good grade, use high quality, credible, and authoratative sources. The sources you select for inclusion in your works cited or reference page are a direct reflection of the quality of your paper. You cannot expect to get a good grade if you use Wikipedia, random websites, and opinion blgs. You need to evaluate the sources you use. Think of it this way, if you wanted to decide which SmartPhone to purchase, would you use a random blog, the manufacturer's website, or Consumer Reports?
When making a decision that will cost you money, you would probably use Consumer Reports to get the best information to back up your decision. When writing a research paper you want to use the best sources because using anything less could cost you your grade!
Evaluate every source and the information it contains no matter where it comes from before you use it to be sure it is credible and relevant to your topic.
Before you begin your research, have set of criteria in mind to use for evaluating sources you find. At first, evaluating sources will seem tedious and time consuming, but if you do it often enough it will become a habit that comes with ease. There are many different models for evaluating sources.
Be a smart information consumer. Learn to read between the lines and identify bias.
Good research habits include identifying sources, assessing their expertise and verifying information found. So how do you decide if information is true? This site from Justia Virtual Chase will help.