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Research and the Library: Using Resources WISely

This tutorial and module will guide you through the process of library research.

Google v. Google Scholar v. Library Database

When you are doing research there are a variety of search options you can use. Some of these search options are better than others, depending on what you are searching. Depending on your assignment, one or more of these database options may be appropriate.

This video will walk you through the following:

  • contains resources that are more popular and general in nature
  • tends to be general websites and lack scholarly content 
 Google Scholar
  • contains books, articles, and other information more specific than Google
  • not everything is scholarly or full text 
 Library Database
  • contain content that is both scholarly and popular in nature
  • allow users to easily limit and define the search parameters to guide them to articles directly related to their search terms
  • more useful for scholarly research


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