For college-level research, you’ll need to go beyond reference sources (like the Encyclopedia Britannica or Wikipedia) and track down credible, academic sources like books, government documents, or journal articles. While you can’t use Wikipedia itself as a source (and you certainly can’t cite it), you can use Wikipedia as a starting place to get background information, basic concepts, and links to related or additional reference material on a topic.
Doing Detective Work
When you find citations for books, articles, documents, or websites through Wikipedia (or in any bibliography), write down the title of the book or the ISBN number, or the name of the magazine or journal that an article was published in. If the source isn’t openly available on the Web, you can check the library to see if we have the material.