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Why Reference Sources?
Reference sources can provide you very quick access to basic information on a given topic and provide you with all of the information you need to get your research paper started.
The most obvious of reference sources that we all think of immediately is Wikipedia. Wikipedia can provide you very quickly with basic factual information. However! be aware that the content on Wikipedia is not always correct, and more importantly, is not edited or refereed. As such, it is unlikely that your professor will be happy to see you using Wikipedia as a source for your research paper.
Fortunately we have many other excellent, scholarly reference sources that are just as easy to get to as Wikipedia, and will give you information that you can actually use in your papers, as well as pointers to other sources. Using a source like these will get your research going quickly and smoothly. Below are some examples.