You will find that you will need to conduct research for your classes at UPOU, and you will turn to the Web for help. However, not everything that you read on the Web is accurate. Whenever you read anything, published by anyone, is to ask for yourself, "Why should I believe whoever wrote this?" The sources listed here are meant to help you locate reliable and accurate information. This article talks about how to find useful and accurate sources on the Internet.  

Accessing UP Library Resources

The UPOU Library and the UP Library system has an extensive collection of resources that you should take advantage of. Go to or (if possible) drop by the library at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños to get started. Email if you have any questions.

A note about Wikipedia

In your course, Wikipedia articles may sometimes be suggested to you as supplementary material to give you a very rough overview of certain subjects. In addition, you should be very careful about using Wikipedia for research. You should never cite Wikipedia as a source in graded class work.

On the other hand, Wikipedia can be very useful. Carefully read Wikipedia's own warnings (and suggestions) on how you can use Wikipedia for research. You should also see Kevin Lim's clearly-presented slideshow on How to Use Wikipedia for Academia.

Different information for different purposes

In their book, Computer-Mediated Communication, Crispin Thurlow et al. devote a chapter on using the Web for research. The authors point out the different ways that information taken from the internet can support intellectual inquiry and discourse. Among other things, people seek information online to:

  • get an overview of a subject they know nothing about (e.g. mapping of the human genome)
  • find factual information (e.g. statistics about the latest internet demographics)
  • keep up to the minute (e.g. following an ongoing political crisis)
  • balance different points of view from different sources (e.g. following the same political crisis by visiting news sites around the world)
  • test a hypothesis or theory (e.g., are women paid less than men in some jobs in another country)

Key sources of information

Key sources of information include the following:

  • Mailing lists
  • Newsgroups
  • Electronic journals
  • Online news sources
  • Reports by major international, government, and professional organizations
  • Commercial internet research resources

Examples of key sources 

Electronic journals

See this list of academic journals relevant to your studies in BAMS.



Online news sources

Commercial internet research resources

You can try using Google Scholar to look for scholarly articles and Google Books for published books, although you may not always have fulltext access.