Before we start researching our assignment, we need to decide on where to look for credible information. After all, not all information is equal, and with such easy access to information via the Internet, it is becoming more and more complex to separate the good, from the bad or the downright ugly. Fake news is in the News these days!
It is important to note that no source is without bias, however, a credible source will provide evidence to help you understand the way its argument is positioned.
Different types of information and sources of information meet different needs. If you are information savvy you will have the skills to source information that enables you to make quality, reliably informed decisions.
For example, if you require in-depth exploration of a field, then an Academic book may be suitable, or a very targeted explanation of a particular topic may be found in an Academic journal, however, both of these sources may take at least a couple of years to make it to publication. If you are looking for news or commentary, you may wish to look at more popular sources, such as a quality public affairs magazine, reliable news source, or even a reputable blog!
However, these different sources suit different requirements, and for constructing a critical argument in a university assignment, you need to find relevant, expert, evidence-based sources.
Credible information helps you check its findings, by providing you the sources and references they used to make their argument.
These works have been checked and edited by experts in the field, and are the best place to find credible, up-to-date research. This term does not apply to books or eBooks.
Finally, just because a source is credible, evidence-based, and recent, make sure it is relevant to not only your topic, but also to the audience you are writing for (there's no point citing a high school textbook for a university assignment!)
Sometimes, the Limiting words in your assignment topic will dictate the sources you can use, such as "scholarly or academic" sources, make sure to follow these instructions.
Note: It's always a great idea to look over the reference List of these texts, as well, because if the work you're looking at is credible, then their sources should be, too.