Answered By: Maritxu de Alaiza
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2024     Views: 40

While Google, Wikipedia, and other internet sources can be useful, you don't want to rely on them for your research. Why not? 

  • Not everything is openly accessible on the internet. The Library subscribes to and purchases high quality resources that are not available on the internet. 

  • Information overload: using a search engine, like Google, often means that you get thousands or millions of results. Library databases are organized in such a way that the results are more manageable. This allows you to find the best resources for your topic quickly. 

  • Authority & accuracy: keep in mind that anyone can create or edit an entry in Wikipedia. Anyone can create a website. How will you know if the author is an expert? How will you verify the information? 

  • Your professors want to see high quality, scholarly sources cited in your papers. Impress them by using Library resources.

  • Do you need help learning to use the Library's databases? Make an appointment for a tutorial with a librarian here. See a video tutorial here.