Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Despite increased demand for library services, the notion persists with some that the internet makes libraries irrelevant. Sure, the internet has changed the way people search for information, but many people do not realize that libraries have changed as well. Here then, are the top 10 reasons that the internet is no substitute for a library.



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Spending hours on the net isn’t only changing the way we work, shop and socialize. A leading neurologist says it is subtly re-wiring the way we think and behave – often for the better.

Research at UCLA has revealed that just one hour of internet use per day can measurably boost brain function. This article from the Independent (UK) is an overview from UCLA researcher Dr. Gary Small’s new book iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind (Collins Living, 2008).

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The Internet is a great place to get started researching your topic – but do you continue by using library resources? Here are 10 reasons why you should consider using library resources for academic research.

  1. Find quality information – libraries purchase resources based on reliability, relevance to the curriculum, and value to academic research.
  2. Save time – avoid all the repetitive links retrieved by search engines.
  3. Find the resources your professors want you to use.
  4. Personal assistance – yes, real live people to help you use our library
  5. Lots of expensive stuff – free to you!
  6. Keep your sanity – the Internet is not very organized; information in libraries is organized 
  7. Library resources are available off campus 24/7
  8. The Internet is a mile wide and an inch deep – the results from search engines provide the same stuff over and over, without much beneath the surface of the topic.
  9. Sources on the Internet can be harder to verify. Who can you trust?
  10. You’re already paying for the library – why not get your money’s worth?

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While library resources are extremely valuable for any academic research project, sometimes it helps to use the Internet as a starting point in your search for information. In this Summer 2009 article, Paul Gil provides links to information about the best search engines (beyond Google), and the  best general reference sites. He also provides a wealth of information on and links to research fundamentals such as confirming the credibility of Internet resources and finding reliable sources.

Gil provides  lots of other links to Internet Basics, Web searching, finding academic sites, and searching the invisible web. Read his article at About.com:  http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/searchenginehandbook/a/studentsguide_2.htm

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