Including relevant sources in your writing is crucial to giving credit to your argument and providing background information. Here are some tips for locating such sources:
Evaluate the sources you find for their relevance and usefulness for your paper. It is often useful to determine WHO is behind the information and WHY they are presenting the information this way. Be sure to do some lateral reading on sources you are considering and ask questions like the ones below. You can also use the questions in the CRAAP test below to help you find credible sources (this is particularly useful for online sources aside from peer-reviewed journal articles and books).
(Adapted from Watanabe-Crockett, L. (2016). The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]. Retrieved from https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/critical-thinking-skills-cheatsheet-infographic.)
Currency - When was it published? Has the material/information changed?
Relevance - Who is the intended audience? Is the information at an appropriate level? Have you looked at a variety of sources?
Accuracy - Can the information be verified other places? Has the information been reviewed or refereed? Are sources cited?
Authority - Who are the authors and what are their credentials?
Purpose - Is the purpose to inform, entertain, sell, persuade? How do you know?