One method of evaluating resources is the C.R.A.A.P. test. The test provides a list of questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not a source is reliable and credible enough to use in your academic research paper. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
Currency: When was the paper or article published? Is it up to date?
Relevance: How does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Authority: Who authored the paper or article? Why should I trust him or her?
Accuracy: Where does the information come from? Is it supported by evidence?
Purpose: Is the purpose of the article to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?