Why Do I Need to Use the Library?

While you can find a lot of information online, commercial search engines, like Google, return results based on a proprietary algorithm. Not only are the top results rarely scholarly sources, but a typical search will yield too many results that may not be relevant to your research. This is fine for everyday use, but Google searches are not suitable for academic work.


Screenshot of a Google search for Caffeine. Highlights too many search results and that search results are not from scholarly sources.

Instead, the StFX Library website should be your first stop whenever you begin doing research for an assignment. A wealth of reliable, scholarly resources is available through the StFX Library, both electronically and in print. Please note that in order to access journals, e-books, or databases online for free, you must do so through the library website and/or catalogue.


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Introduction to the Library and Library Research by Margaret Vail and Karina Espinosa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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