The use of sources requires a critical and comparative approach. The use of sources requires proper skills in evaluating information, the learning of which is one of the key learning goals and elements of professional education and growth. When a source is evaluated, attention is paid to the reliability, scope and importance of the information in question, as well as to its applicability to the evaluator’s own work.
It is rather difficult to unequivocally define the attributes of a good and reliable source. When evaluating a source, pay attention at least to the following aspects:
The importance of source criticism and of the assessment of the above listed items is emphasized further when using freely available online resources. For example, Wikipedia is not regarded as a reliable source.