You’ll get better grades and learn more if you use high-quality dependable sources of information. If you’re not sure whether or not you should use a particular resource, ask yourself the following questions.
How to determine whether or not an article is reporting the findings of original scientific research. Lists characteristics of most scientific papers, including easily-recognizable subsections such as "Methodology."
Everyone knows how useful Wikipedia can be when beginning a research project, but since anyone can edit the articles, it can be problematic for academic use. This handout outlines both "good" and "bad" academic uses of Wikipedia.