The Free Web vs. Library Sources

Does your assignment say "no online sources" or "no internet sources?" 

There is a difference between online sources you find through searching Google or Wikipedia
and sources found using a library database online.


 The Free Web

Library Sources 

  • Anyone can put information on the web
  • Includes advertising, pop-ups, etc.
  • Much of the information is not reviewed or checked for accuracy
  • Some sites may ask you to 'signup' or create an account
  • Includes personal pages, chat rooms, email/IM newsgroups, blogs, video, etc.
  • You need to carefully evaluate for accuracy and reliability
  • Usually written by researchers, journalists, or experts
  • Published by traditional publishers; professional associations, universities, or commercial organizations
  • Some editorial process; may be peer-reviewed
  • Information has been verified for accuracy
  • No cost to you
  • No advertising
  • Creating an account not necessary
  • Login needed to use off campus

Magazine & Journal Articles

  • The majority of magazines and journals are not freely available on the web
  • Publisher sites may allow you to search for citations
  • Search capabilities usually limited, finding a good article can be time consuming
  • Full-text may require payment

Magazine & Journal Articles

  • The UCR Libraries subscribes to hundreds of databases giving you access to thousands of magazines and scholarly journals
  • Search capabilities are much better
  • Content and access will be regularly updated and consistent
  • Full-text is often available at no cost; the Library pays for the subscription

News

  • Today's news
  • May need to pay to get the full-text of articles

News

  • Current as well as older and historical news
  • No cost

Quick Reference / Factual Information

  • Useful for quick look-up type inforrmation (phone numbers, addresses, definitions, statistics, etc.)
  • Can be inaccurate or out-of-date, should verify information (i.e. Wikipedia is not always accurate)

Quick Reference / Factual Information

  • Online encyclopedias, almanacs, directories available through the library have been verified for accuracy
  • May not be as current as the internet
Last modified: 3/5/2007 1:29 PM by by D. Renfrow