What is the purpose of the source?
By asking the above questions you can determine if the author is qualified to write about a subject and wether to use it as a source in your own work.
Looking at the URL will will indicate the type of organization it is and will give you an idea of the authority, relevance, purpose and the intended audience of the site:
Finding the good stuff: evaluating your sources
To get the best marks in your assignments it is vital that you evaluate the literature that you are including to ensure that it is relevant and quality assured. This online resource will equip you with the skills you need to identify high-quality resources to use in your academic work.
There are so many places to search for information to include in your academic work, it can often be difficult to know where to start. To enable you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information, this resource explores Google, Google Scholar, subject databases and Library Search, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
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Yes, Wikipedia is a good place to start when you are trying to get an idea of a particular subject area. However its not generally considered a high quality academic resource so if you are going to use it then think about the following points: