first glance, the World Wide Web appears to be a researcher's
dream come true.
You might wonder why anyone bothers going to the library anymore.
Library Resources on the Internet
The contents of a library have been selected, catalogued,
indexed, and organized to facilitate the retrieval of information
by library users.
Liibraries are staffed by highly
trained information professionals - librarians - whose
job it is to assist students to find the information they
for their course assignments and to help students learn
to use the library and its resources.
Libraries provide access to full text databases. These databases
contain the electronic versions of many familiar printed
journals, and newspapers. These journals are not freely
available on the Internet. Just like a library pays for subscriptions
to printed journals, libraries also pay for access to electronic
Documents do not undergo any selection
process but rather are placed there at will by anyone with
access to a web server
There is no overall effort, nor any rules or standards,
to organize information to facilitate information retrieval
The most assistance you will get is from an automated tool
that does not possess the intelligence to know what it is
that you really need.
Values of the Internet
Very current, such as today's news or a press release from
government, business or other organization
Brief and not detailed
Documents published by a government, association, or university.
Obscure or current subject on which it is unlikely
that there has been very much information published or not
likely to be found in the library.
For more information use
the library's subject guide on