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To Use or Not to Use

"My instructor says I can't use Web sources for my paper."

Ask your instructor to clarify this, because there are really 'two Webs.' There is the public Web that search engines find, and there's the "invisible Web," which contains special web sources the library buys that only the LCC community can access and use for research.

An article you find using a research database such as General OneFile typically also exists in a journal in print. It's just delivered via the Web by LCC Library to facilitate your research.

Go with the strengths of the public Web
  • to obtain information on colleges, museums, non-profit organizations, or companies

  • for very current information such as news, sports scores, weather, stock quotes

  • to research a well-known event or individual

  • to use online job postings, shopping, auctions, or travel services

  • for opinions on a topic

Stop and think!
There may be better places to look than the public Web
  • to find articles in scholarly journals

  • to find articles published in popular magazines

  • to search databases that index articles in many academic disciplines

  • to find books on your topic

  • to locate the full text of articles or books that are copyrighted

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