It is important to ask yourself questions about the information you are looking at. One of the first ways to avoid using bad information is using the the criteria to evaluate information. The criteria that is listed gives you questions to determine if information is credible and can be used in your research.Take the time to search for information about the author. You should see if there are citations associated with the claims that are presented. There are many websites and tools available to help you check the claims of information that has been written. On this page you will find the criteria for evaluating resources, links to tools that help you determine if a websites claims are true or false, and a link to the Research Companion and its evaluation tool.
Research Companion has embedded tools such as Topic and Search Aids, and Source Evaluation Aid, to get you to the information you need. The tools are easy to use and they also have a video tutorial on how to use the tools. Click on the tabs for each tool and click on the link that will take you to the available tool.
The links below will help you determine if a website is offering good or bad information.