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High school research at UMW

A guide to the UMW Libraries for high school students

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Clip art of a computerTo find things on the Internet, most people just use Google. However, most of the pages that Google finds are not scholarly. You can use these non-scholarly sources as stepping stones, to get ideas or to get a broad overview of a topic, but you generally shouldn't cite non-scholarly sources.

A good example is Wikipedia. Wikipedia is not a scholarly source. It doesn't provide any original information; instead, it collects and reproduces information from other sources (which are listed in the footnotes of its articles). It's okay to use Wikipedia as a stepping stone to other sources, but don't cite Wikipedia itself.

If you're looking for scholarly sources on the Internet, try these sites: