Common Problems with Library Assignments (Things to Avoid!):
About those Internet and Web Sources....
At the Reference Desk, we often hear students say that they aren't allowed to use Internet or web sources. Many people don't realize that reputable sources are available full-text on the web. Joyner Library has canceled its print subscriptions to many journals because we have access to them on the web through an aggregator like EBSCOhost's Academic Search Premier. You may want to stress the difference between the resources the library pays for and "free" web sources. The Library's subscription databases can be accessed from the library web page, under "Databases." Incorporating an evaluative component into an assignment may help students differentiate between valuable free web sites, like those produced by think tanks and government agencies, and those of poor quality. The library's web-based tutorial, "How Do I Evaluate Web Sites?" provides further guidance.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the Research and Instructional Services department'sAsk a Librarian service.