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Get started with your research into exogenesis and other topics with sources recommended by librarians.
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Print Encyclopedias

General and subject-specific encyclopedias can provide a fast way to get an overview of your topic. They are also good sources of basic factual information. Here are a couple that will prove helpful as you complete your research into exogenesis.

You'll find these in the Reference Room. Reference books can't be checked out -- please use them in the library and return them when you are done.

Online Encyclopedias

  • Britannica Online
    Standard scholarly source for overviews of topics. Check for articles on "life (biology)" and "meteorites."
  • Wikipedia
    As you probably know, ANYONE can edit Wikipedia -- so take what you read with a grain of NaCl. That said, studies have shown that Wikipedia content is often quite accurate, especially in the sciences. Best bet: Use as a starting point; verify and cite any important facts using more standard sources. Tip: check out the Talk and View history tabs to see how the Wikipedia editing community is handling a topic.


Wikipedia can be a great first stop to bring yourself up to speed on a topic. Stephen Colbert demonstrates why it may not be the best choice to cite as a scholarly source.

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