Use the academic, scholarly articles you select to build your own informed opinions and arguments.
When you're reading scholarly articles for your assignments, look for key information like:
Try out the post How to Read and Get the Most out of a Journal Articles, by the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS), which describes the Three Pass Approach to reading and understanding Psychology journal articles.
Are your sources appropriate for university-level research? Ask questions about your sources when you're deciding whether or not to use them for your research assignments:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevance: The information meets your assignment needs
Authority: The source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability and correctness of the information
Purpose: The reason the information exists