Starting with the Library...
Quality over Quantity
Libraries have large collections of information on a variety of carefully selected and organized topics. The key idea when using the library is that you are getting quality over quantity. Print or electronic library resources are the best sources to use when starting your research. You can efficiently find high quality information from a variety of credible resources in the library.
Library resources also go through a review process.
Librarians select books, magazines, journals, databases, and Web sites. The library collects sources considered reliable, historically relevant, and valuable.
Library resources are free or discountedfor your use.
Libraries are able to purchase one copy which can be shared by many people.
Library resources are organized.
Items are organized so you can find all the sources on a topic. For example, when you search for a book in the library catalog you will get a call number. The books shelved near the same call number will cover a similar topic.
Library resources are meant to be kept permanently.
A primary function of a library is to be an organized storehouse of information published throughout time. As well as finding very current information, you can also find books that are no longer published and older issues of magazines.
Library resources come with personal assistance.
Libraries have staff who are trained to help you. They'll help you learn to use online resources and answer any questions that you have.