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Oct 7 2013
Human Search Engines
By: Barb Koch Category: Library


When you have an assignment that requires research about a company, industry, or business discipline,  where do you look first for information? Many students begin with a Google search, but I’m challenging you to change your strategy this semester and begin your research in the library.

Why? Unlike Google and other search engines, the resources in the library and on its Web site were chosen by librarians who are familiar with Walsh College curricula. (Just think of us as human search engines.) Chances are, we’ve seen your assignment or a similar one before, and we can suggest a database or other source quickly.

Before recommending resources, we study them to make sure they’re credible, up-to-date and authoritative. Google doesn’t do that.

Librarians can also point you to scholarly, peer-reviewed resources when your assignment calls for it.

Lastly, the Walsh librarians can advise you on APA style when you create your References page. You won’t find that kind of help using a search engine.

Like Google, our databases and Research Guides are available 24/7. Librarians can help you in person,  by phone or email at the Troy or Novi campus Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., and until 5 on Friday-Sunday. If you need help immediately from off-campus, call us at 248-823-1228.  


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