Evaluate a website: Is it credible?
Things to notice:
Does the site have an author or organization responsible for content? If not, where and how does the site obtain their information?
Can you discover information about the author - credentials, degrees, other published works, etc.
Use keywords with Quick Search and connect words and phases by using the word and.
For example, school shootings and gun laws, school shootings and protest, school shootings and politics, school shootings and mental illness.
Or teachers strike and salary, teachers strike overcrowded classrooms, teachers strike and causes or outcomes.
Other topics such as government shutdown, the border wall and teachers strike are recent events and may have few scholarly articles written.
So check newspapers and organizations for information.
Also, topics like immigration and climate change will have thousands of results, so make sure to narrow the topic - climate change and society
Professors often ask students to use scholarly sources, but what exactly does that mean? This handout lists criteria to help you decide if a source is popular or scholarly.
You can ask Google to search only for information from the government or universities or organizations - gov or edu or org.
For example, if your topic is the homeless in Nevada
For government information type: homeless Nevada site:.gov
For non-profit organizations in Nevada type: homeless Nevada site:.org
For information from universities and colleges type: homeless Nevada site:.edu
Type in keyword/s or topic space site colon period and either gov or org or edu