How to Read a Text Critically - From Harvard Library, this provides a step-by-step guide on how to read a text critically. Following these steps will help you to absorb more information for a longer period of time.
Not all of the information on the internet is reliable. Some things to think about:
Some good places to find reliable information:
For more information, see the guide on Evaluating Information (including images).
The research process is not a straight line - it can twist and turn as you discover intriguing facets of a topic (such as subject terms used to describe an article). This is part of the process and a good thing - a research topic that interests you is easier for you to write about and makes your paper more engaging for readers. Don't be afraid to follow up on information you come across that interests you.