Students today have access to so much information that they need to weigh the reliability of sources. Any resource—print, human, or electronic—used to support your research inquiry must be evaluated for its credibility and reliability. In other words, you have to exercise some quality control over what you use.
In high school, you may be able to choose an easy topic and cite five or six sources you found on Google or Yahoo!, but college term papers require more in-depth research from reliable sources, such as scholarly books and peer-reviewed journals. The first step to developing an interesting research paper is choosing a good topic.