How do you know that you're using the right sources for your assignment? You will need to think about:
It is advisable to start a search for information using resources available through the library, such as Explore or resources from the relevant Subject Guide. Sometimes it may not be obvious as to which is the best resource.
It's important to realise that the validity of a resource is dependent on the context in which you are using it:
Think carefully about what the most appropriate resource might be for your purpose.
Also consider whether the resources you select are giving you the full picture. Searching beyond well-known, mainstream resources will support a more balanced, diverse and representative argument. Consider each resource based on its own merits.
There are checklists available which can help you determine if a source of information is reliable. We recommend the following checklists, which both get you to think critically about the source using similar criteria.