The Library owns or subscribes to literally millions of resources, specifically chosen with scholarship in mind.
The Library's resources provide access to quality information that, for the most part, is not available on the open Web.
Google, on the other hand, is a commercial venture. You can find some good material there, but the results list is based on popularity rather than on scholarly content and quality.
How do you decide what's good information?
Consider the following criteria:
|Currency: Is the Information up-to-date? Depending on your research topic, this might not be important.|
|Relevance: Does the information address your topic?|
|Authority: Who is responsible for the information? Is s/he an expert on the topic?|
|Accuracy: Can the information be verified in other sources?|
|Purpose: Why was the information created? To educate? To sell something? To entertain? To enforce a particular viewpoint?|
Credit to Sarah Blakeslee of the University of California at Chico's Meriam Library.
What is a scholarly article?
A scholarly article appears in a publication, such as a journal, which is made up of articles on a narrow topic and which document and discuss the results of original research. Publishing in a scholarly journal is a method researchers use to communicate their research and share with other scholars in their field of study.
What is a popular article?
A popular article appears in a magazine or newspaper that you may buy at the supermarket. The content in these publications often covers current events or summarizes research done by others. The content in these publications is often brief, written in simple language, and may include pictures and advertisements. Authors are not always named, and sources are not always identified.
What should be the scope of my the Literature Review?
How do I know I am done?
How do I organize my literature review?