I love Wikipedia as much as the next person for quick and easy access to fun facts and information, but if you really want to understand an issue and write a paper that inspires nods of approval and sighs of admiration from teachers or professors, check out these News and Media websites. They all include writing and posts by the renowned experts on most topics and events.
Local and National Newspapers
The Atlantic — News and analysis on politics, business : The Atlantic Monthly’s home on the Internet, featuring current issues online alongside web-specific content on travel, literature, politics, and digital culture.
The New Yorker– Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925.
Harper’s Magazine– The online version of the magazine: “Harper’s editors sift through the culture’s vast output of information.
TIME -Breaking news and analysis from TIME.com. Politics, world news, photos, video, tech … In the Magazine.
Library of Congress– The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress, but which is the de facto national library of the United States.
World Digital Library– The World Digital Library provides free access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents from all countries
Internet Public Library– Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines
Project Gutenberg– Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. It was founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library
Internet Archive– Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 419 billion archived web pages.
TED Talks– TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
Academia.edu– The site is a place to share and follow research. Share your papers. See analytics on your profile and papers.