Search Google for your topic keywords. Look for government, education, and/or organization webpages as well as news/magazine publications. Be cautious if using Wikipedia as the content cannot be verified.
Before using information found on a webpage, consider the following criteria to evaluate its credibility.
How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:
A basic overview of your topic.
|Important names, vocabulary and keywords related to your topic.|
|Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.|
References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).
Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:
X The accuracy and authority of a Wikipedia article cannot be verified.