When looking at any source of information--from books, to articles, to websites--you should evaluate as many of the following areas as possible. Take the CAARP test by asking yourself the questions below; if you have trouble answering them or can't find the answers the source may be fishy.
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Strategy: In a book, look towards the front for the publication year or copyright date. For an article, look at the top or bottom for a date. For a website, look at the top or bottom of the webpage.
Strategy: Do a Google search for the author's name and analyze the results.
Strategy: Search for an article, book, or website on the same topic and compare the information in both sources.
Strategy: Look at the content. Do you feel that it provides enough information and will be helpful for your topic?
Strategy: Read the text. Does it seem like the content simply conveys information, or is it trying to persuade?