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Introduction to the Library and Research - Longview

This Introduction to the Library guide will provide students with information about using the library and beginning research.

Using Search Engines

There are many search engines available to students to find information on the Internet. The most popular ones are Google and Bing.

We suggest that students focus their research on websites that have a domain name such as .edu, .org, or .gov. You can limit your web searches by adding these domain names in the advanced search box.

Here are some fantastic tips for doing a basic web search: GOOGLE Search Basics.

Additionally, MCC's reference librarians have created a list of Subject Guides. Librarians reviewed these guides for content, reliability and timeliness. Browse through the listed subject areas for interesting resources (both electronic and physical) that you may find useful in your research.

Google vs. MCC Library Databases

Why use MCC Library Databases when you can search Google?

  • Search engines, such as Google, look throughout the internet for information. Most of the content which search engines locate can be viewed freely by anyone with a connection to the internet.

  • Google and other search engines can be a great place to start when you are looking for information. Government departments, universities, and various non-profit organizations often place useful and reliable information on their websites.

  • However, search engine result lists can also include websites that were created for completely different reasons such as selling you something or sharing incorrect information. Commercial websites, personal blogs, and discussion groups can be informative and entertaining, but they often do not provide the type of peer-reviewed information which is best for academic research.