A common misconception among students is that the word "research" means "spending five minutes on Google". And "writing a research paper" means paraphrasing the first five items that pop up.
Many teachers do not allow their kids to use Wikipedia as a source for research papers, though its reference lists can be a good place to find some sources. The idea is to force them to actually look around for information from sources that carry some academic weight.
But, perhaps there is a place in the secondary education universe for Wikipedia after all: