As you deal with sources, you will need to look at them with a critical eye and determine whether they are reliable and relevant.
Reliable: Can the author and the type of source be trusted to provide good information?
Relevant: Is the source appropriate for your project? Does it help you answer your research question?
"Are your sources credible and useful, or are they a bunch of...?"
The CRAAP test is a list of questions to help you evaluate sources. This test was developed by librarians at CSU-Chico. CRAAP stands for: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose.
Unlike the Internet, most print sources have gone through some evaluation before they have been published. Most of the sources accessed through the library's homepage are electronic versions of print sources. The full-text articles one finds through the library's databases are the same as the articles found in the printed journal or magazine. So, although many of the library's resources can be accessed through the Internet, it is not the Internet per se. You still needs to evaluate the sources you find through the library's databases, but you can treat them as you would print resources.
Evaluating Internet sources is harder then evaluating print resources. This is true for several reasons:
Therefore, you need to take extra precaution when using information found on the Internet. There is a lot of very good information located on the Internet, but there is also some suspect information. You need to be able to judge the information you find and tell the difference between the good and the bad.