Your typical .com sites may not be the way to go to ensure you find credible sources -- so try limiting your Googling by site type so you can hone in on organizational sites (.org) or government sites (.gov)
REMEMBER: You should evaluate the credibility of what anyone is saying, no matter who they are - see the CRAAP Test box below for guidance.
The open web (in other words, stuff you find by Googling) is home to a lot of great information and a lot of misinformation. When reviewing sites, consider their Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose/Objectivity.
CLICK HERE to view a list of questions that cover each of these five areas.
The CRAAP test was developed by Meriam Library, California State University, Chico
Because anyone can add or change content, there is an inherent lack of reliability and stability to Wikipedia. Even the founder of Wikipedia has stressed that Wikipedia may not be suitable for academic uses, saying, "It is pretty good, but you have to be careful with it. It's good enough knowledge, depending on what your purpose is."
As a starting point to:
(1) get some background and familiarize yourself with a topic, and also
(2) find the sources they cited - all Wikipedia articles end with References and/or Further Readings sections that point you to additional sources. These often include more authoritative sources like books and journal articles that you can find in the library or online. This can be a great way to start identifying sources for your paper.
*Help on how to find articles listed in Wikipedia references.*
TO CITE A STATISTICAL TABLE: Scroll to the bottom of the page that the statistical table is on, and you'll see citations in APA and MLA style.