How can I find credible sources on the net?
1. From among the Google results, choose reputable newspapers and journals like The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian and similar. They have free access at least for a couple of articles.
Even if the newspaper is not so famous, the articles, which have an author and a date of publication are generally considered credible. Mind that blogs are not to be used in academic writing!!!
2. Search Google Scholar – all the results will be scholarly, but not all will have a free access so it might take time to find what you need. The benefit is that you indicate an acceptable date range – it is important for the research as usually only recent sources (5-7 years old) are allowed or at least preferred.
3. Use Google books – only part of a book will be available, but it is generally more than enough. Still, mind that the access will be locked as soon as you scroll a particular number of pages, so be sure to start from a chapter you need or search for a key word and look through the suggested results to see what page it is better to start from.
4. Jstor is another great database – it has many articles to buy, but you can also read them online for free as soon as you have not more than 3 articles on your shelf.
5. Personal hack ) – use ordinary Google search but add “pdf” at the end of the search words – it skyrockets the chances that the suggested sources will be credible
6. Subscribe to Make a Stand – Education Blog and read literature reviews on particular topics – they contain explanations and links to the sources, which are recent, credible, and relevant)