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Online Encyclopedias/Reference Sources

  • Science in Context
    Search for a topic and look for the "Reference" link in the left-hand menu to read overviews and background information.
  • Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
    Online encyclopedia which discusses ethical issues in science and technology.
  • Britannica Online
    Standard scholarly source for overviews of topics.
  • 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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