Databases vs. Web Sites

H-B’s library typically recommends using our expensive online subscription databases and our professionally written and curated library book collection.  See why.

The last paragraph of the link above indicates topics that might best be searched on the wide open internet, although most school subjects are best researched using professionally curated resources like library books and databases.

Students who chose to work with “free internet sites on the internet” should first consult the “research guide” on their topic that was curated by the librarian with input from classroom teachers– linked on the library’s menu for this web site.  Moving beyond those sites, students should examine the sources they “google” for and find helpful instruction at on how to evaluate resources at the section linked below.

It helps a student reflect on what additional sources she must find to fill in the gaps. See : How to Write an Annotated Bibliography.