3 Reasons Google should not be used for your academic research:
- Accuracy: there is no peer-review process for the vast majority of pages on the web. As a result, it is almost impossible to determine their accuracy, quality or purpose.
- Authority: since anyone can publish a website and there is usually no control over it's content, it is often hard to determine who authored the page, what their qualifications are, or even that the page isn't deliberately deceitful.
- Quantity: Google indexes billions of web pages and does not distinguish between academic information and the ravings of a madman. As a result, most searches in Google result in thousands or tens of thousands of results with very few relevant and "scholarly" sites.
- Better option than Google, but not as good as our library research databases; a subset of Google.
- Indexes publicly-available papers, theses, and books; it is compiled by what a machine guesses is scholarly.
- Results can't be sorted by date or publication, nor limited to peer-reviewed material.
- The vast majority of results are not accessible in full-text at present.
Library Resources that should be your primary research tools**:
- All Research Databases: search article, book, newspaper and image databases
- FReD: locate journals available in full-text in our collection
- Reference Shelf: specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and more
- Local Library Collections: locate and use materials from other SUNY libraries
- Writing Resource Center: academic writing resources and examples
- Citations and Bibliographies Help: cite and format sources for your papers
**Note: all of the resources above are also linked from the library home page: http://www.esc.edu/library