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How to use the six best research websites

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Wikipedia may be one of the most popular sources of knowledge on the web, but it's by no means the best, nor is it the most reliable. Check these sites out for some superior searching:

1. When seeking general information, a search engine such as Google can overwhelm you with unhelpful links. Often an online encyclopaedia such as Encarta or Encyclopaedia Britannica will return relevant results more quickly. Both sites have limited free content.

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2. Academic types looking for extra help with their studies should consider two useful Google add-ons: Scholar and Books, which allow you to search a range of journals and books. Some copyrighted material has to be paid for, while other content is available for free.

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3. Google may be the world’s biggest search engine, but serious scholars go to the British Library and its extensive resources – 13,000 million books, nearly a million journals and newspapers and a huge collection of artefacts. The library’s site has information on these, along with resources for students.

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