sources and the Internet: The Differences
What professors mean when they say you can't use the
Internet or the World Wide Web
Professors have good reasons to prohibit students from using the Internet
or World Wide Web to write academic papers. Aside from the difficulty determining
the author of a website, web pages also change more rapidly than books or
periodicals. The information you cite may not be available for those trying
to check your sources.
If you have been told not to use Internet sources,
do not be hesitant to use computers to perform your research. There are many
incredibly useful sources available online that are academically acceptable.
The chart below gives you examples of just of a few of the MANY available
sources to which the Courtright Memorial Library subscribes, as well as sources
you should avoid.
- Academic Search Complete
- Business Source Complete
- Oxford Reference Online
- America: History and Life
To use these and many others go to
and look under Find Articles and More. From there, choose either
'Subject' or 'Title' from the 'Select One' drop-down box.
- Search engines such as Google or Yahoo! that do not include the
person or organization responsible.
- Pornographic or inappropriate sites
- Free web hosting sites such as Geocities (these are websites in
which anyone can post anything, true or not)
(unless your professor says otherwise)