Evaluating information is a skill that you develop and learn to apply. Think more in terms of "it depends" instead of always. For example,
In the tutorials on this page, you will learn guidelines or "things to consider" when you decided if particular information is credible.
Find out how to critically evaluate information from this video tutorial by Western University Libraries (2.17 min.).
The same information found in the video can be found on Evaluating Sources: The CRAAP Test opens new window by Washington State Libraries.
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You will look and find more literature than you will use in your report. If you don't already know, you might want to learn an effective way to scan articles. When I started research, I used to read each article or document from front to back. If I determined that an article was not relevant, I still spent quite a bit of time in reading it.
If you read certain parts of the article in a different order, it will minimize the time that you spend on articles that are not relevant. There are several tutorials from other libraries on the Web that discuss this. The following video from Western University does a good job explaining how to approach reading articles efficiently (2.34 min.).
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