The electronic information provided by Preus Library is selected with Paideia research papers in mind. These include databases to help you find scholarly articles as well as full-text journals online and electronic dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Search engines such as Google or Yahoo are also available for research and can be good sources particularly for primary materials that are too costly or rare to be among the holdings in Preus Library.
However, you will need to be smart about how you use the internet as these searches yield large amounts of information that require some degree of evaluation on your part. It can be difficult to know exactly who is responsible for presenting information--whether, for example, an interpretation of a Shakespeare play comes from an expert or a seventh-grade student who likes to put everything she writes on the web!
It's critical, then, that you evaluate websites for reliability and accuracy before you use them in your research paper. The librarian working with your section may have suggestions for reliable web sites, which you can find on your topic guide linked from the Home page.
Again, make sure you keep track of the URL(s) for the website(s) and the date you found the information, as you you will need that information for the citations in your bibliography.
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