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A frequent student question is: “My instructor says I can’t use the internet for my assignment. Does that mean I can’t use the library’s online databases?

All DatabasesGenerally, by the “internet” instructors mean websites that you can access for free on the open web. For your research projects, your instructor may not want you to search for information on the web using search engines like Google or Yahoo. This is very different from using your computer to access the many databases that the library provides for your research which have already been checked over by the publishers before publication. However, some instructors have specific projects where they don’t want you to use databases, or specifically that you should use paper books or journals, so you should double check this with your instructors.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

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