Websites: To Use Or Not to Use?

“My professor says I can’t use websites for my paper.”

Ask your professor to clarify this, because there are basically ‘two Webs.’ There is the public Web that search engines find, and there’s the “deep Web,” Web sources that the library subscribes to that only the UI&U community can use.

An article you find using an online article database such as OneSearch also exists in a journal in print. It’s just delivered via the Web by the library to facilitate research.


Go with the strengths of the public Web
• to obtain information on colleges, museums, non-profit organizations, or companies
• for very current information such as news, sports scores, weather, stock quotes
• to use online job postings, shopping, auctions, or travel services
• for opinions on a topic
• to find government information and special reports from organizations

Stop and think! There are better places to look than the public Web
• to find articles in scholarly journals
• to find articles published in popular magazines
• to search databases that index articles in many academic disciplines
• to find books on your topic
• to locate the full text of articles or books that are copyrighted