The Internet is not filtered. Anyone can post what they want online, no matter if it is false, biased, or ridiculous.
Anybody can create a website - and it's getting easier and easier to do so.
You should evaluate ALL information, in any format.
The websites below are dramatic examples that show why evaluation is so critical:
FORMATTING / STYLE:
Search EVERYTHING with WorldCAT
Find books, articles, media, and more at Butler and beyond
Do you know what sort of subject area that your research falls under? Try finding a database through the Databases Grouped by Subject page. Pick a subject and you'll be taken to a page where the liaision librarian for that subject has compiled a list of appropriate databases for you to use.
How to find books:
A book held by the Libraries will be listed in WorldCAT with the following information:
First, you'll want to note where it is. Is it in the Irwin Library? Or Science Library? Is it in a special collection or on reserve? If you're not sure what the location is or where it is, ask at the IC desk. After that, you'll need to look at the call number: this will tell you where exactly the book is in the library and on the shelf. The call number is like coordinates for finding a book on the shelves.
Backwards Reference Searching
What it yields:
It looks into the sources that your author referenced. This means the sources have already been vetted by your author for credibility, and you know that they are related to the topic at hand. However, it also means that the sources must have been published before your original source, so you will be retrieving older materials.
How to do it:
Tools to use:
The CRAAP test lists criteria that can help you evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the information sources you encounter.