Libraries purchase databases which index journal articles and often provide full-text copies of those articles. Although purchased databases are accessed through the internet, they are not "internet sources" or "websites." Instead, think of these sources as products designed to facilitate academic research. Because they are purchased, they are not freely available to the public.
Sources other than licensed databases are freely available via Google or other search engines. Publishing information on the Internet is relatively simple and cheap, which, unfortunately, makes it vulnerable to abuse. Like any information source, Internet sites need to be carefully evaluated for academic use, using the criteria in the box below.
The library web page also offers a list of Recommended Sites (see box on right) for a wide variety of subjects.
Every message has a reason and the job of the researcher is to select the information that is most appropriate for an academic or educational purpose. The questions below will help you choose the best information for your research papers.
Authority: the "WHO?"
Format: the "What?"
Dates: the "WHEN?"
Published: the "Where?"
Purpose: the "WHY?"