Why Use Encyclopedias?
Encyclopedias are useful:
- to help you choose a paper topic.
- to narrow down a paper topic that's too broad.
- to get quick information on a topic.
Wikipedia: good or bad?
Each scholarly encyclopedia article (or entry) is signed by the author. Authors are scholars and specialists in their fields. Wikipedia articles are group efforts and each entry is constantly changed. For any article, click on the history tab at the top to see all changes that have been made.
On the other hand, Wikipedia is a good way to:
- general information on a topic.
- linking to sources of interest, sometimes including scholarly books and articles.
Paper Due Tomorrow?
This guide lists a selection of online sources that you can use to complete research projects when you don't have a lot of time.
Make sure that when you quote, paraphrase, or even use an idea from an author that you include him or her in your list of references/bibliography (see compiling bibliographies for research papers).
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