In addition to traditional print materials and media, academic libraries provide access to a wide range of electronic resources, including newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, electronic reference collections, and eBooks.
- Have restricted access. Though these resources are not cheap, academic libraries purchase these sources for students, faculty, and staff to use. (While electronic library resources are accessible over the Internet, they are different from the resources available freely on the Web. This is why you will generally need to log in to resources.)
- Go through a review process. Library resources are specifically selected to be reliable, relevant, and useful for academic research.
- Are organized. Library collections (in print and electronic) are classified by subject to make it easier to find sources on a specific topic. Advanced search functions in library electronic resources allow for powerful search techniques.
- Are meant to be kept permanently. One of the primary functions of a library is to be a collection of information published throughout time. As well as finding current information, you can find books that are no longer published and older articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals that are no longer available in print.
- Come with help. Librarians are professionally trained to assist you in sorting through all these information sources. They are glad to help you learn to use new tools and find what you need to succeed in your research.