The Library Advantage
There is a tremendous amount of quality information available on the World Wide Web. As long as one is careful and thinks critically about the quality of information they are finding, information from the web can greatly increase a person's knowledge and empower them in many diverse ways. This being said, the Web is not the only place or source where you can find information. Another place to find information is at your public and college library. Libraries offer a number of distinct advantages that make them an indispensable source of information both in college and beyond. Listed below are a few of the advantages offered by libraries:
In-Depth Research Resources not Available Elsewhere
While the web has a great amount of information freely available, it does not have all the information needed for in-depth research. In fact, there is a great amount of information available through the library that you will not find freely available online. Many of these resources are proprietary, and the library purchases both materials and subscriptions to services on behalf of students to give them access to the materials students need for class study and independent research. Moreover, these materials are often the most used and important resources to a given discipline or area of study.
Curated and Quality Modern Collections
It is also important to note, the library collection is developed and maintained by professional librarians who hold Masters Degree's in librarianship. Because librarians take greater care in the items purchased for the library, the library collection tends to be more reliable and of higher quality than those information resources found freely available online. This does not mean that one should rely simply on one resource of information or not think critically about the information you are finding in the library, but you are much more likely to find information written by authoritative sources whose arguments are backed by strong evidence.
Organized Tools and Resources
In addition to building vital, high quality collections, the library also does our best to make these resources easy to find and use. As you go through this tutorial, you will find ways in which you can quickly and easily find materials, cite sources, and uncover similar and related materials to help you along the way.
Assistance and Help
Finally, it is important to note, librarians are most happy when they are helping students find information and partnering with them to make their research more meaningful. Therefore, please ask for assistance whenever it is needed. Help is available at the library reference desk in the library, through email, the phone, and our 24/7 chat services. Please visit our Ask A Librarian page for details.
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