Why? Very current,
many different perspectives & opinions, very specific topic coverage, easy
and cheap to find information.
Why not? Internet information may -- or may not -- be reliable, authoritative. Hard to tell who or why someone writes about a topic. Information online may be changed frequently (e.g. Wikipedia).
A WEBSITE can be anything--reliable, misleading, informative, confusing--that someone puts on the Internet. Use some of these tips to help decide if a website you find can give you the information you need, especially if you are looking for material for a research paper or project.
DATABASES, as the word is used in most libraries, refers to sites that usually:
When your professor says to use materials other than just websites for your research --in an effort to expand where you might tend to look on your own--he/she she probably doesn't mean to exclude library databases. Ask him/her to clarify, and/or ask us if you're not sure!
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