To Use or Not to Use?

   
Thinking

My professor says I can't use Web sources for my paper.

Ask your professor to clarify this, because there are basically 'two Webs.' There is the public Web that search engines find, and there's the "invisible Web," which includes Web sources the library buys that only the Blinn College community can use.

An article you find using an online article index such as Academic Search Complete also exists in a journal in print. It's just delivered via the Web by the library to facilitate research.

Green light

Go with the strengths of the public Web
• to obtain information on colleges, museums, non-profit organizations, or companies
• for very current information such as news, sports scores, weather, stock quotes
• to research a well-known event or individual
• to use online job postings, shopping, auctions, or travel services
• for opinions on a topic

Red light

Stop and think! There are better places to look than the public Web
• to find articles in scholarly journals
• to find articles published in popular magazines
• to search databases that index articles in many academic disciplines
• to find books on your topic
• to locate the full text of articles or books that are copyrighted