With resources like Google at our fingertips, information isn't hard to find. What is challenging is determining whether that information is credible and can be trusted. Is it factual? Biased? Relevant to your topic?
A Google search is often our first stop to gain a basic understanding of the main ideas about a topic, but since anyone with access to a computer can publish anything online, it is crucial that you evaluate the information you find, especially when completing a research paper, or looking for important information (like health or financial information).
Web sources can be particularly hard to evaluate, so we've developed this handy acronym to help you determine if a source may be CRAP.
For more information, check out this article by NPR journalist Steve Inskeep called, "A Finder's Guide to Facts": http://www.npr.org/2016/12/11/505154631/a-finders-guide-to-facts
Where information comes from is important. No news site is unbiased, but some do a better job trying to balance facts and opinions.
Where do you get your information from?