Now that we've got your attention, use this acronym to evaluate the information you find on the web.
C is for currency. When was the website last updated?
R is for relevance. Is the information useful to you?
A is for authority. Who is publishing the information? If it's from Wikipedia, it could be anyone and is not a reliable source.
A is for accuracy. Think about who published it, and if they are likely to be correct. Is a celebrity or a doctor more likely to give accurate health information? Are there references?
P is for purpose or possible bias. Is the author’s purpose to sell, persuade, entertain, or inform?
One quick way you can determine if a website is trustworthy or not is to look at its domain.
Look for websites that end with the domain:
.edu - reserved for schools, colleges and universities
.gov - denotes a government website
Be wary of websites that end with the domain:
.com - can be purchased and used by any individual for any purpose
.net - can be purchased and used by any individual for any purpose
.org - is usually used by non-profit/charity organisations which may have an agenda of persuasion rather than education
Effective reading means getting the most out of your reading. This includes:
The whole point of reading effectively when doing research (either for school or for personal interest) is to understand the author's message without spending too much time in the process.