Which option is better, Google or the library?
Well, both! When doing academic research, there isn't a one-size-fits all solution.
When using Google for course research, you will probably encounter information paywalls – articles, books, journals, and other publications that require a monetary fee to view or download.
Why is this? Some publications, like magazines and newspapers, pay a large number of staff: reporters, fact-checkers, researchers, and editors, while trying to make a profit. Scholarly journals are often more expensive than newspapers and magazines because their subscription base is smaller, and their audience is more niche. Some publishers of scholarly journals (Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, and Springer) make huge profits, mostly off universities and libraries.
Never pay for an article! The Libraries here at UT pay for subscriptions to expensive scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and more. By using the library website and logging in with your EID and password, you'll get access to this content (as opposed to just using Google on its own). If we don't have a subscription to the journal or newspaper that you need, we can get articles through Get A Scan (also know as interlibrary loan).
Some questions to think about––
When you're searching for sources for this class, you are not alone! Library staff can help, whether you use Google or the library website.
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