Friday, September 7, 2007

Writing Research Papers: The Library or the Internet?


Based on a recent poll, most students use the Internet first, verses the library, to begin start their research for writing assignments. However, is this because of convenience or because students feel they can find better information online? If students' first move is to use Google, then they perhaps don't really know how to use the Internet effectively because Google shows results based on link popularity without performing a content analysis on the actual information (i.e., is the information reliable, authoritative, and bias-free). So, what are your opinions on this topic? Can the library provide better information, or is just a matter of helping students really search the Internet with better skills to evaluate the information? Share your ideas.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

When I started studying in the late 90s the Internet Hype was rising and almost at its top. Certainly, it is useful and necessary to use the internet for any kind of research. The reasons are that it is quick, easy, always available and in many cases you get a good overview of the topic within a few minutes.

On the other hand, there were some good reasons why the Internet could always only be a starting point or a springboard for research. The main reason is that most high qualitative research articles are not for free in the internet; you have to pay for these contents. Then it is cheaper - especially for students - to go to the library. The second point is that I found it always very annoying to read long and difficult articles from the sreen. And, point #3, when you are at the point where you have 100 or more articles that you need for your thesis it is easier to sort them as hard copy.

At my university, by the way, they showed us where to find and how to work with academic/scientific databases in the internet which are much more appropriate for researches than the google hit list.

And finally I would like to mention that it is not a secret that many students copy and paste whole articles and assignments from the internet. I am very glad that I was always ambitious enough to do the all the work on my own. It really helped me lot in my professional life and still does. This was very good training in multi-tasking, setting milestones, meet deadlines etc.

Paper on Research said...

Many institutions limit access to their online information. Making this information available will be an asset to all.

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merve said...

Libraries are useful and helpful for people.When you want to search something,you go to the library.Also your teacher gives homework,you do it in the library.

Anonymous said...

libraries are useful our life because they have many information.when I want to learn something I go to libraries.

Anonymous said...

The library is very important for us.Most people like to study at ınternet,but I thınk we should use lıbrary

zane said...

The library is a very good place to have information about everything,so we should use library every time.

Anonymous said...

I like library ,but I often check out books

Maria said...

I think it's good to continue doing research at the Library because you are reading and searching the information you need to make a report. If you find the information at the internet you only copy and paste the information and don't really read what is the report about. So I think is important to use both resources to complement the information and make a real good report.

Anonymous said...

I reckon that is better research our information at the library because the information that we research in the internet could be wrong and we only copy that information without read it. Research at the library involves searched, read and contrasted the information.

na said...

Library is must served to any student. Both library and internet is essential, in the library we can get any information which we need. Library which has a good served is better than the internet, because we could attend to work and laying directly as a the real internet (not illusion world internet).

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