Many college assigments require locating scholarly resources as opposed to popular resources. It's important for students to grasp the distinction between these classes of information.
A good short visual introduction to this distinction is provided by this site from the library at the University of Southern Indiana:
Take the CRAAP test to evaluate your information:
C urrency- How old is your information? Is it to old to support your topic?
R elevance- Is the information topical? Does it address your topic? Is it at an appropriate level?
A uthority- Who authored the information? What are their credentials? Is the source credible?
A ccuracy- Does it stand up to other sources? Does it have grammatical mistakes or factual errors?
P urpose- Whats the information for? Is the information biased to a particular point of view?
This is a video from the library at Parkland Community College on the CRAAP evaluation standards: