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How to find reliable academic sources for your research paper on the Internet

Do you seriously need reliable sources on the internet where you can easily and credibly locate all of your research papers on any related subject/topic? Then this article will help you in that direction! More and more students are turning to the Internet when doing research for their projects, and more and more instructors are requiring such research when setting topics. Though, research online is very dissimilar from traditional research, the differences can cause issues. The internet is a tremendous resource point but must be used sensibly and censoriously.

How to use footnotes

Using footnotes properly is the art that one needs to learn. As you become more experienced as an essay writer, you may find yourself resorting to footnotes more and more often, but it's also important to know when enough is enough. What are the footnotes used for? In some citation styles, like Chicago, they indicate the source of the quotation. However, they have a couple of other usages, and we are going to talk about those now.

Using Wikipedia as a source

Everyone, including us, told you not to use Wikipedia as your quoted source. There are several reasons for this – since it is created by many people, it’s rendered unscientific; since it’s already a summarized and paraphrased text, it’s difficult to make it any more concise; also, some contributors to Wikipedia deliberately include facts that are false, inaccurate or not objective enough and it takes time for the editors to find and correct them. However, all of the above doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read Wikipedia articles at all.