Related Guide: Quickly Evaluate a Website
We all use Google to find information. When you are asked to do academic research, your instructor expects you to go beyond Google and use the library. Why? Here are some points to consider:
Library resources are carefully reviewed and chosen by librarians for accuracy, authority, and relevance.
Use the library to find:
The information that you find by searching Google has not necessarily been through a consistent review process. Anyone can publish on the web, making it hard to determine credibility and relevance.
You may also run into a paywall where you cannot access articles without paying for them (like newspaper, magazine, and journal articles).
Use Google or another web search engine to find:
Adapted from UC Santa Cruz Nettrail, University of California, Santa Cruz NetTrail Development Team