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Library Research Skills for College Students: Step-by-Step

A step-by-step in-depth start to finish guide through the research process.

Web Resources

Website iconThe internet is a very familiar resource and there's a lot there! Explore!

There are some topics in areas such as popular culture (film, television, theater, comics, etc), or very specific content in some fields where you may not find what you need in Western Library's databases, so you will need to move on and check the web..

However, you need to remember to carefully Evaluate Your Sources (Step 3) and understand that:

  • Most information on the web does not go through any kind of review process. You have to be smart about your choices.
  • Anyone can publish anything on the web - can you tell the difference between credible and junk source?
  • Not all information you find on the web is free - in some cases you'll need a login, and in others you'll be asked to pay outright.
  • Information on the web is not always comprehensive or complete
  • Information on the web is not necessarily permanent. Print or save (copy/paste to a word doc) your source and citation when you find it.,

You can find news, papers, images, media files, reports, personal narratives, and more. The web can help you:

  • Read current news and information
  • Research cutting-edge topics
  • Find information from the government
  • Read expert and popular opinions

10 Credible Websites for Research


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