Obviously for scholarly research, it’s best if you use the EU library databases. But, not everything on the web is junk! While we have a whole bunch of web sources that are related to your classes (access the links for those up in the top right under “Resources”), what about when you need information that isn’t for school?
One great place to check is with your local public librarian. Did you know that they’re available via Ask-a-Librarian as well? Follow this link: http://www.askalibrarian.org/ and then click “Choose Local Library” to chat with a librarian in your area.
Another excellent place to check is the Internet Public Library or ipl2 at http://www.ipl.org/. ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. Thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals are responsible for answering reference questions for the Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and for designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. The ipl2’s collections cover a broad range of topics from sociology to first aid.
You can search their resources by subject or do a simple search of their whole site. ipl2 is especially helpful when you’re searching for information with your children. They have special sections just for kids and teens and both are very user friendly. You can also ask an ipl2 librarian questions via a live chat or e-mail.
Questions? Contact your librarians!