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To see the library's current plan for Fall 2020, please see our page Return to Hoover.

Please note that all updates and changes to the library plan will be tracked on the Return to Hoover page. For the overarching plan for McDaniel College, please visit Fall 2020: Return to the Hill

Faculty: Please see our page on Teaching in the time of COVID-19

Students: please see our page on Learning in the time of COVID-19


How to do Library Research: Evaluating Resources

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

What's Wrong with the Web?

Nothing! Just remember that anyone can post anything for any reason--it's not everyone's goal to share reliable, unbiased, up-to-date information. So, if your professor allows you to use websites for your research paper/project, make sure you critically evaluate them first.

Some of the popular search sites, such as Google or Wikipedia, are fine for exploring a topic you're not familiar with and finding citations to other sources you might be able to use.

Remember: You may be able to find out about an article on the web, but you may not be able to get to the full-text. Often, you'll get to full-text and you're asked to pay for it!  If this happens to you, please check the library's databases for the article. If you don't find it there, you can still request it through Interlibrary Loan.

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