by Kevin, Senior Council
With the advent of the internet, finding sources for projects is easier than ever. However, not all websites are created equal. Some are much more reputable than others. The most trustworthy websites are ones that end with .gov, meaning that they are government run, ensuring quality. Others very reliable sites include The Canadian Encyclopedia and databases, such as Wolfram Alpha and Google Scholar. However, some sites similar to Canadian Encyclopedia, while more wide ranging in topics, do not have the same rigorous fact-checking standards. Wikipedia is a prime example. While it and other similar websites can be used to supply dates and names, its analysis and opinions should be taken with a grain of salt.
When dealing with articles or similar material written by one person, it is important to check their credentials. These could include university degrees, time spent studying this particular topic, or endorsements by reliable experts. As well, the article should include a list of sources. These sources tend to be reputable; while you still need to make sure, most sources listed will be able to be used in projects. Finally, a large amount of typos or grammatical mistakes seriously lowers the trustworthiness of the source.