Online scholarly databases are a great place to start. Starting with a simple search of your topic are the best way to dip your toe in the water, get a sense of what’s out there and gauge the breadth of academic research done on your topic at hand.

InfoTrac: Full-text databases of content from academic journals and magazines

LexisNexis: Provides access to credible legal, business and news information

EBSCO: Database and eBook provider for libraries and other institutions

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

ProQuest: A collection of many academic and business databases

JSTOR: More than a thousand academic journals and over a million images.

Newspapers and magazines can provide a great supplement to online scholarly sources as well as bring your research up to speed on what’s current and in the news. Make sure to carefully evaluate your sources, and choose from those that are known to be objective, reputable and of high quality.

Newspapers to start with: The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal

Magazines to start with: TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report, Harper’s, The Economist

What not to do. Avoid aggregate content sites such as Wikipedia, Wikihow, Yahoo! Answers and eHow. They pull their content from other places but do not properly vet their authors’ credentials and therefore are not considered credible sources of information.

NEXT: How Do I Know If My Sources Are Credible? 

Posted: 03.21.2013
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Thank you so much for clarifying where to find credible online sources. There is a lot of misunderstanding that Wikipedia is credible because users can apply edits without them being reviewed prior to publishing it on the website. Thanks again for your help.
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