Want to make evaluating resources easy? Use a library database!
A library database is more likely to return results that are scholarly or relevent to college-level research. Searching on the open web (via Google, for example) introduces you to material that is not quality controlled.
Is it possible to find scholarly information through Google? Yes, but it will require more work on your part to determine if the material is appropriate.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine if a resource is appropriate for your research.
|Currency: The timeliness of the information.
|Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
|Authority: The source of the information.
|Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
|Purpose: The reason the information exists.
(adapted from CSU-Chico's CRAAP Test)