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A guide to library resources pertinent to research in psychology for students in Dr. Kraemer's PSY 100 class.
Last Updated: May 10, 2011 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Why Go Beyond Google?

Faculty, staff and students conducting scholarly research in an academic area will suggest resources for the librarians to purchase or subscribe to, a level of review and evaluation most websites do not experience.  You should feel more comfortable choosing resources from the UK Libraries' collections than including information from a website with which you are not familiar.

The WWW is not organized for ease of use and does not have experts readily available to help, as do libraries.

A basic search of the WWW can return thousands of hits, many if not most of which are irrelevant to your research needs. The time you spend shifting through these results might be extensive for very few appropriate results. It is more efficient and effective to start your research with library databases, which have the benefit of being web-based but commercially published with all the editorial reviews and evaluation processes that most websites lack. 

The tuition and taxes you pay help the Libraries purchase resources. Since you've already paid for them, get the bang for your bucks by using them.  Surprisingly, not everything on the WWW is free, and you certainly don't want to have to pay for an article from the New York Times website if you can get it for "free" going through the Libraries' homepage.   

Those are just a few reasons to think of going beyond Google.  The tabs at the top of  this page will help you identify the library resources that might be of help to you researching topics in psychology.  


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