I have begun to produce short videos to assist my freshman and sophomore students with some tips on conducting research. My number one go-to place to begin online research is (no need to insert drumroll here, because of its obvious nature): Wikipedia.

Why the wiki? Formatting.

Wikipedia entries are patterned in such a way as to demand sources – you know, evidence. Thus, much of the entries found on these online encyclopedic pages are scattered with references. Following those “footnotes” will lead a researcher to places on the world wide web that can then be used as evidence for your inquiries.

Watch the video below: