Think again. Search engines access a relatively small part of the web, know as the “free web” A large portion of the web, inaccessible to the search engines, is known as the “invisible web”
What’s not on the free web? Around 90% of the books on our library’s shelves, still under the protection of copyright The full-text of many magazine and newspaper articles Expensive reference books, like literary criticism, in-depth biographical and historical works
And why can’t we get this stuff for free? Isn’t the free stuff on the Web just as good?
About the publishing biz: Serious authors are in the business of making money for their hard work Publishers expect a return on their work Copyright laws protect “intellectual property” from theft
Your teachers expect quality! Material from the subscription services is likely to be viewed by your teachers as more authoritative You may have to defend some of the sources you find on the free Web You may want to dig deep on the free Web for some harder to find sources.
Presenting: The subscription databases available to you here at school and through passwords at home!!!