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Using the Internet to Help You Write Assignments, Articles, Essays and Homework

Google is the starting place for any internet research. It is the largest and most used search engine. When you search Google, try using “quotation marks” around the search term. This tells Google that you want search results with exactly the words contained in the quotation marks. Experiment a little with this, you will find that you get back more relevant results. Also check out Google Books, Google News and Google Scholar. These are all great resources.

YouTube is another great place for being exposed to new ideas. What I really like about YouTube is the visual and audio aspect. There are some days that I am researching, I just don’t want to read, I want a simple explanation. I’ve found that many people upload great videos about almost any topic. You can get through a degree with YouTube.

Another strong starting point when writing essays or assignments is Wikipedia. Just note, I do not reference Wikipedia. This is usually frowned upon at tertiary level. But it can be a great starting point and the references used in the articles usually have links to other sources of information.

Another great way to research is using databases. Basically an online library. Now, if you are enrolled in a university, ask at the library for access to online databases. It takes a small amount of effort upfront to learn to use these databases properly but the effort is well worth it. If you are not enrolled in a university, your local library may still allow you access if you enquire with them.