1. Not everything is found in Google. There is an entire hidden, unknown world of information that cannot be found by using the Google search engine. The reason for this is because there are subscription databases that store and protect information from public view.
2. Citations are more complicated than you think. For example: even though they are both the same article, the citation for a newspaper article is different than the citation for a newspaper article retrieved in an online database.
3. Scholarly sources such as peer-reviewed journals are among the best types of information because they are the most reliable.
4. Wikipedia is a great source for background research, but it probably should not be heavily used for papers, because it can easily be changed by anyone.
5. Use the sources at the bottom of the Wikipedia page. If you see something on a wikipedia entry that seems questionable, those sources are the facts for what the entry was based on.
6. Use information that has been produced by a reliable person; this means that you don’t look to just anyone, who is speaking or ranting about the topic. For example: an article written by a middle school student on missiles is less likely to be less reliable than an article written by a military engineer.
7. The better your sources, the better your paper can be.