LI­BRARY RE­SOURCES VS I NTERNET

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

FLORENCIA Z. GARCIA

To­day’s ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy, stu­dents, teach­ers and re­searchers tend to use the in­ter­net sources rather than printed re­sources like books and mag­a­zines. But is in­ter­net re­ally the best way to con­sult es­pe­cially in the aca­demic per­spec­tive?

I have gath­ered in­for­ma­tion that the printed books are still bet­ter than the in­ter­net sources. The fol­low­ing will prove that the in­ter­net is not sub­sti­tute for tra­di­tional sources in the li­brary.

• Not all data are on the in­ter­net. Search en­gines such as google and ya­hoo are lim­ited. You can’t find spe­cific data from these search en­gines. Still the most re­li­able schol­arly in­for­ma­tion is avail­able in books and jour­nals.

• The in­ter­net is not or­ga­nized. Searches are not al­ways rel­e­vant to your topic and can cause a lot of wasted time, frus­tra­tion and con­fu­sion.

• Reli­a­bil­ity. Sources on the In­ter­net are harder to Iden­tify when you use in­for­ma­tion in your pa­per from the In­ter­net, it’s im­por­tant to print it out and cite your sources. In­for­ma­tion taken from the Web can change overnight. In­for­ma­tion taken from the li­brary or data­bases in the li­brary gives the ex­act lo­ca­tion.

The In­ter­net of­fers con­ve­nient, world­wide, cur­rent, and in­ter­ac­tive ma­te­rial, and the li­brary of­fers re­li­able com­pre­hen­sive, and read­able, sources. Use the In­ter­net for the ex­tras it can of­fer; don’t let it re­place the li­brary for your r es­ear ch .

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