You probably already have a copy of this assignment in your Counseling workbook. If you'd like an extra copy, you can download it here.
Most of the sources traditionally used for college-level research (such as books, newspapers articles, magazine articles, and scholarly journal articles) go through an editorial process before they are published, which may include fact-checking, review of grammar and spelling, comments from an editor, or vetting by experts in the field.
For websites, we don't always know how much things have been checked before they are published online. Because anyone can publish a website, what we find online may or may not be credible, accurate, or biased. As a college student, it's your job to pay attention to what you find online and use your critical mind to evaluate whether a website is appropriate to use. This page will help you do that:
Dang, this list is long! Not every question will be relevant for every source, but this list will give you ideas to consider when you're choosing online sources.
(This list is adapted from pp. 87-88 in Teaching Information Literacy by Burkhardt, MacDonald, and Rathemacher, 2010)