Old Dominion University Libraries

STARquest I: Library Services & Resources

7c. Can't I just use the web?

There is a big difference between just searching the web using Google and searching the research databases which the library subscribes to and that are available online.

Web searches may turn up valuable material, but they will also turn up much material that is biased or not factual. When you search for periodical articles through reputable databases, you are generally going to find a much higher quality of information. You will still need to evaluate your sources, however.