You may find it helpful to begin with an overview of your topic before delving into in-depth research.
|Library Research||Web Searching|
Online Catalog (e.g. BobCat)
Databases (e.g. Science Direct)
Search engines (e.g. Google)
Directories (e.g. Librarians’ Internet Index)
|What You’ll Find||Books, articles, and other published materials||Mostly web sites|
|What it Costs||
The library covers the high costs of database subscriptions so you don’t have to pay for articles you find.
|Information on web sites is generally free. If you do find books and articles, you may have to pay for them.|
|Quality Control||Materials are subject to various degrees of editorial review to check information for accuracy and credibility.||Web sites are often not reviewed. Extra caution is needed when evaluating information on the web.|
If you need to build or brush up your academic research skills: