1.Wikipedia is a valuable tool, but you have to be cautious
A good researcher has to make sure that he considers Wikipedia as a secondary source and not as his main source of research. He needs to remember a good rule of thumb to verify and backup anything he finds in Wikipedia with a non-Wikipedia related source. However, Wikipedia could still be a valuable tool for research.
2. Use something other than a common search
The quickest and easiest way to find the topic of your research is to put a phrase into a search engine and dig out data from the first few pages of results.
3. Search Specific Resources
A researcher should try to go-to research tools (besides that basic search) that will extend a helping hand to you not only on research specific topics but will also give new ideas for new posts. A few of them are:
Google Trends: This is a free service that shows you trends in search activity all over the world. You get an access to maps, charts, and other tools.
Google Scholar: This tool is meant to search scholarly articles, books, abstracts, court opinions and theses.
Infomine is yet another resource used by researchers. It is similar to Scholar, a search engine that dips into the “invisible” web. It has databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library etc for scholarly research.