Q:

How do I find quality online resources for projects and papers in science? Where can I go for information, beyond Google and Wikipedia? -- High-School Sophomore

A:

There is information online on just about everything under the sun, or possibly everything. The difficulty is separating fact from fiction and finding those Web sites that have accurate information. And most students, like you, do not have the know-how or time to do this. At the same time, your teachers ask: Where did you find this information? Is it accurate?

One Web site that is great for math and science research is www.cogito.org. One of its strengths is that there is a savvy math and science staff monitoring the site's archive of links. Also, users' input is welcome, and members can rate the site. Plus, the site gives students the opportunity to ask questions of some of today's biggest names in math and science.

To find links to a topic, you need to navigate to the site's "Sites and Tools" section. From there, you should first visit the site's "Best Bets" section. It will give you links to the most useful sites on the Web. Or you can use the search engine to fine-tune your search. For example, instead of looking for "Darwin," you can search for "Darwin Beagle" to find out more about his days on this ship, when he began putting together the theory of evolution.

This Web site has gone beyond just giving links to math and science Web sites. You can also find art and history information. You might want to visit "Best of Web Guides" to find recommended resources prepared by people -- not search engines. The Web site is associated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and was originally designed for gifted and talented students.