When selecting information to refer to in an assignment, it's important to evaluate that information and consider whether it's a source worth referring to - or, if there might be more suitable information available. One set of criteria that may help with this is the CRAAP test. This set of criteria includes a few questions to ask about a source, to help determine if it is worth referring to.
Remember to also look at any assignment requirements that may include additional details on the types of sources to use.
Is the information up-to-date, and when was it published? Look for a published date, as well as the dates of any materials referred to in the item.
Does the information relate to your research topic, and us the information in-depth enough for academic use? Look for information that relates to the topic, and is written at the right level.
Is the author qualified to write about this topic? For example, see if any professional designations, academic affiliations, or a position/employer are listed.
Is the information supported by evidence, and has the author provided citations or links to research they quote? This can help indicate that the article is accurate.
Is the information presented objectively, or could the author be trying to sell, entertain, or persuade readers? Consider if there are any potential biases that have an impact on how the information is presented, or which information is presented.
To learn more about evaluating information, watch this video from LinkedIn Learning. This video covers a slightly different set of criteria from the CRAAP criteria, but provides a similar framework for evaluating information and choosing good sources for assignments.