Google Scholar searches only scholarly materials and court cases but we often encounter articles that are not accessible- and that can be very frustrating.Library databases are credible, accessible, and permanent. You can be sure where the information comes from. General Google searches provide results with everything including hoaxes and jokes.
Here is a quick summary of features from five viewpoints. King County Library System subscribes to many useful databases that can be used with your free library card. Let's search wisely. Life is too short for irrelevant or inaccurate information.
|Library Databases||Search Engines such as Google|
|Best used for||Research that needs credible, reliable information||
|Types of Information||
||Quality of information varies|
||Paid by advertisers|
|Permanence||Maintained by responsible editors and publishers and retrievable again||A website can disappear any moment without notice|
The following books are helpful in conducting research for kids, young adults, and adults.
Learn how to find reliable information, how to take notes, how to write, and how to revise your paper.
Helpful for young readers to learn how to develop research topics, conduct their research, complete the writing process with appropriately citing sources. The keys for great papers are solid reasoning and evidence, without plagiarism. This book also includes advice on traditional research and using new digital tools. I like the pages with sidebars and full-color imagery.
Spanish version: Cómo mejorar tus trabajos de investigación is also available.
Abbott breaks library research down into seven basic and simultaneous tasks: design, search, scanning/browsing, reading, analyzing, filing, and writing. He helps readers to organize their research, transitioning through a non-linear process of researching.