Monday, May 2, 2016

Library vs. Google: What’s the Difference?

Layers of the web [digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.deepwebtech.com
Search engines, like Google, find information posted openly on the internet. 

This “free” web is a great place to start when doing research - but did you know only 10% of information on the internet is accessible through search engines?

The “deep” web contains password-protected content such as library databases
Read below to understand the difference between searching in the library and searching the internet:


Library Search
  • Gives free access to scholarly research that costs money to get in full-text, such as academic journals, market research reports, and ebooks
  • Has helpful tools like folders to save results, citation generators, and mind maps
  • Finds content in subject or format-specific databases, for example Nursing Reference Center for nursing sources or Credo Reference for dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Many options to narrow and improve relevancy of results through filtering by subject, year, format, author, and more
Internet Search
  • Finds freely available information throughout the internet
  • Can be helpful for locating news and current events, general information, and official government sources like statistics
  • Retrieves content that is mainly commercial (for-profit) and/or opinion-based
  • Hits to scholarly research require payment (aka paywalls) to access in full-text
  • Results contain a lot of advertising and sponsored content, aka “clickbait”
  • Few options to narrow and improve relevancy of results
BOTTOM LINE:
Gives access to scholarly resources suitable for college assignments
BOTTOM LINE:
Lacks reliability and authority needed for college assignments

Access your library’s search on the Bow Valley College website and browse our A-Z list of databases for subject and format-specific content! For login help, view these illustrated instructions or contact us for help

References
Google vs. Google Scholar vs. library databases [digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://library.mcmaster.ca/
Layers of the web [digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.deepwebtech.com
Van Halsema, L. (2014, September 29). Google vs. library databases: Which is better for research? Retrieved from http://www.sirsidynix.com/blog/