Wikipedia is fast. Your students use it. While fast is wonderful for some things like online banking, it’s not necessarily a good thing for college-level research. It’s a given that most of your students will consult Wikipedia at some point in their research and who can blame them. It’s so common for a Wikipedia article to turn up on a Google search results page that it seems darn near ubiquitous. While a Wikipedia article can be a good place for students to identify and select an interesting research topic, they should never consider any article from that website to be a legitimate source for their college-level research needs. Whether they are still undecided on their topics, or have already made that decision, the library recommends that you refer your students to the research databases found on our home page .
The following databases are excellent starting points for your students.
- Credo Reference - Online reference book shelf containing over 500 authoritative reference works such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries covering many subject areas.
- CQ Researcher - Comprehensive reports on current issues including background information, current status, bibliographies, and more.
- Facts on File: Issues & Controversies - Current affairs database covering issues and controversies from both sides of the debate. The library can help you introduce these resources to your students with a librarian-led presentation tailored to your needs - in the library or your classroom.
Contact Wayde Oshiro, Instruction Librarian, for more information or to schedule a session. E-mail: waydeo [at] hawaii [dot] edu or x378.