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?
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.