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Reference Sources, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an excellent place to begin your research. They provide the background information you need to better understand your topic and to develop your keywords for deeper searching. 


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Wikipedia can be a great reference resource to start learning about your topic. It can help you with:

  • Developing background knowledge about your topic, including an overview, definitions, and outline.
  • Discovering keywords, including related terms, sub-topics, and names of notable people, places, and events.
  • Finding links to other relevant resources.

It's generally true that Wikipedia should:

  • NOT be used as a main or only source of information for your project.
  • NOT be quoted/cited as a resource in your final project.

REMEMBER: Always make sure to follow the requirements communicated by your teacher. The appropriateness of different information resources varies depending on the circumstances of specific assignments and topics.

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