CHOOSING & USING REFERENCE SOURCES

Prefer professional scholars in relevant fields, reflecting academic consensus.

Avoid fringe scholars, outdated sources, and sources with an obvious bias.

Use fully referenced quotes in context. Never misrepresent a source by quote mining.

Proper research requires you to read broadly, deeply, and critically. Take care to evaluate the merits of any material before using it in your work.

Googling and Wikipedia trawling is not research.