Starting with the Library...
Library resources go through a review process.
Librarians select books, magazines, journals, databases, and Web sites. The
library collects sources considered reliable, historically relevant, and valuable.
Library resources are free or discounted for your use.
While there are some fees, like photocopying, that you may encounter in the
library, for the most part, libraries are able to purchase materials and access
which can be shared by many people.
Library resources are organized.
Items are organized so you can find all the sources on a topic. For example,
when you search for a book in the library catalog you will get a
The books shelved near the same call number will cover a similar topic.
Library resources are meant to be kept permanently.
A primary function of a library is to be an organized storehouse of information
published throughout time. As well as finding very current information, you
can also find books that are no longer published and older issues of magazines.
Library resources come with personal assistance.
Libraries have staff who are trained to help you. They'll help you learn to use
online resources and answer any questions that you have.