Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject

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You're sitting at your PC, and you want to find out in-depth information about a particular topic. So where do you start looking? You could Google it, of course, and find hundreds or thousands of references, but how do you know which ones to trust? You could scan Wikipedia, and probably find lots of useful information, but maybe you still crave something a little more detailed. So where to look next?

Reaearch imageAnd then a thought strikes you. Maybe someone has studied and researched this particular subject in the past, as part of their university degree or doctorate. In which case they'll have written a dissertation or thesis, which will provide all of the information you could possibly want. But where can you find dissertations and theses online for free? Is there a site that publishes them? Of course there is! Check out http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/search.html and simply type your required topic into the search box that appears. If any open-access theses or dissertations are available for this topic, published between the dates you can also specify, you can browse or download the file right there in your browser.

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I guess the fact that nearly everything published on Wikipedia pages is based on reference material, is nothing more than an aberration.

Wikipedia gets a bad name by the haters that want to deny that there are often more than their own point of view to anything.
For what it is, they do a heckuva job, having review boards on most major subjects, and many not-so-major subject that you wouldn't be able to find info on just by opening up an encyclopedia.
At my son's lib school, they have a strict "no Wikipedia as a reference" policy, although they will let students reference ANY other website, where they DON'T have any such community and review standards as Wikipedia does, and anyone with a blog or a webpage can publish ANYTHING.
No guidance as to where to find RELIABLE information on the web. Thank goodness I review my son's work. Makes me worry about the education our youth is getting.

I don't think the words "trust" and "wikipedia" should be in such close proximity. Wikipedia is only as accurate and unbiased as the editor of that piece wants it to be. I was reading about a holocaust denier yesterday where it didn't even mention that!

The word "trust" is used in reference to Google search results. Wikipedia is mentioned in the next sentence with no relation to the previous one. In any case, part of the Wikipedia site information states:

"Wikipedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia; that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information".

MC - Site Manager.