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To become a more sophisticated researcher...

To become a more sophisticated researcher a student needs to move beyond Wikipedia and Google and learn how to dig deeper. Libraries make that possible with academic database access. Get in the habit of using them in high school.

“Sure, you use the Internet all the time, but you need to wise up to the web when you use it for your university or college work.”

Why we don't use Wikipedia for schoolwork

If you do not want to spend the time analyzing a Wikipedia page, use Britannica School instead. As high school students, you should be moving away from general encyclopedias as sources and only use them for background information that could be considered common knowledge.

We don't argue that this level of scrutiny is necessary for the average, everyday searches we all do for quick information. This kind of analysis is only crucial for researching matters that are of great importance to you, like your academic work in high school and college or, as an adult, crucial decisions. Would you choose a college, select a car to buy, or research political candidates based on Wikipedia? We hope not. 

In other words, if you have no idea what a Tesla is, Wikipedia is a great place to start. Should you buy one? Start with the Consumer Reports database instead. This is the same process you should use for academic work but with more details like citing your sources.

Google

From the librarians at Harvard: A Scholar's Guide to Google

 

What colleges expect

“Sure, you use the Internet all the time,
but you need to wise up to the web when you use it for 
your university or college work.”

Using Google

When you use Google for schoolwork you should use this 60 Second Guide to judge the worthiness of a web site. I can hear your groans! Too much trouble? I agree! Use our databases on this page (Britannica School, Student Resources in Context, etc.) instead because you can rely on the information without having to double-check anything! The passwords are all on this web page.

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