The answers to these questions will help quide your evaluation.
Check the authority of the article. Articles with funding disclosure statements can be a red flag that the article may represent the objectives of the funder. If an article is funded by an organization, foundation or group look into the funding organization.
Consider what is important to your specific needs. An article may not need to be recent for certain topics. If you are doing a paper on cancer treatment currency is important, but for a paper on the Civil War, currency is not as important.
Check your source for some of these signs:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. Chocolate, bacon and Red Wine are not likely to be as good for you as the multitude of studies are claiming.
Inflating Benefits or Risks
A widely advertised new drug demonstrated FOUR TIMES the weight loss of Placebo. What they don't say is that in a 58 week study the control group lost 1.5 lib, and the treatment group lost 6lbs. Hardly a dramatic result,
Confusing correlation with causation
Many things go together but are not causative. Ice Cream sales and murders are correlated, but ice cream does not cause murder.
For a delightful exploration of this see the website http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations