Students frequently skip the evaluation step of the
research process. They think finding a resource -- any resource -- is enough. However, weak information sources only waste your time.
Resources need to match your instructor's requirements and be relevant
to your research question. Don't "force"
a resource to fit your assignment -- keep searching until
you find one you can really use.
A good resource may help you in answering your research question by supporting an argument,
refuting an argument,
giving examples, or
providing "wrong" information you can challenge.
Learn to Evaluate Sources
Because it is so important to find resources that both match your instructor's requirements and are relevant to your research, you must know how to evaluate the different types of resources you may come across in the research process.