Wikipedia is a very popular online encyclopedia. It has lots of information and pictures on many topics. It is worth visiting when you are doing research. But there are two things you need to remember. One is that Wikipedia is an open encyclopedia. The entries on it are written by people from all over the world, and they may not always be entirely correct or have all the information. The other thing to remember, and this is important whenever you are doing research, is that you shouldn’t get all of your information from one source only. There are many excellent encyclopedias online, and using two or more of these will help you to get the best information on your topic.
There are other types of reference sites online that you can use, such as newspapers. You can search newspapers from all over the world for articles about a particular topic. Or just search local South African newspapers.
The Internet Public Library has a wide range of information, including links to some of the best encyclopedias, directories and other resources available on the web.
And remember, the World Wide Web is not the only place to find information when you are researching. You can use books and magazines from home or from your school or public library. You can also try to find an expert in your topic area and interview them in person, over the telephone or on email.