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The Google Equation

4 (15 min + 5 min) + 2 (15 min + 5 min) =

2 hours (of wasted time)


4 Represents the number of citations needed.

2 is the additional sites you're going to need to visit because it is highly unlikey that the first 4 are adequate.

15 min and 5 min is the amount of time spent on evaluating the webpage and creating a citation.

2 hours is the total amount of time spent on just figuring out if these websites are to the caliber of a college research paper.


Using library resources negates this equation because library resources are vetted and have citation creation buttions, which give you 2 hours to think critically about how best to use these citations in your paper.