How can you decide whether to use a website or not?
Ask yourself the following questions
And then decide if the website is a great resource or not.
How recent is the information?
How recently has the website been updated?
Is it current enough for your topic?
What kind of information is included in the resource?
Does it provide information valuable to your research topic?
Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is it balanced?
Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
Are there advertisements on the website?
Who is the creator or author? What are their credentials?
Who is the publisher or sponsor? Are they reputable?
What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
Purpose/Point of View
Is this fact or opinion?
Is it biased?
Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
Consider using Google's advanced search by adding "site:.gov" or "site:.edu" to limit your searches to websites with government or educational domains.
Alternatively, use Google Scholar to find articles and other information not typically found in a standard Google search -- it finds relevant work across the world of scholarly research.