It's important to evaluate the quality of the sources you use in research. There are plenty of sources that are a bad fit for your research purpose. For example, Wikipedia is a great place to start, and a horrible place to stop. Even Wikipedia says so!
When evaluating a source, you will go through a similar process for both print and online. The criteria can be applied equally across print and digital sources, although the application may be a little different (journal vs. website for example).
For websites and online resources, we highly recommend incorporating the SIFT method onto your everyday life.
You can use several different frameworks to evaluate the quality of the sources you use in research. SDSU Library recommends students apply the ACT UP evaluation criteria: Read through the evaluation criteria to see how to apply it to the sources you are considering choosing for your research.
Author: Who wrote the resource?