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World History | Mr. Meade: How & Why to Use Databases

Why Can't I Just Google It?

What's wrong with using Google for research? Google is a great place to ask questions; it will give you answers on just about anything. The problem with using it for research is that it includes everything in the search results and doesn't verify the accuracy of the results. Academic research requires academic (or scholarly) sources - articles written by experts in the field. You will find reliable, authoritative sources in our databases. Once you learn how to 'talk' to a database, you'll find the information you need to complete any assignment.

Why Use Library Databases?

How to Talk to Databases

Wikipedia | Government in the Han Dynasty

When Wikipedia Gets it Wrong

"John Seigenthaler Sr. was the assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the early 1960's. For a brief time, he was thought to have been directly involved in the Kennedy assassinations of both John, and his brother, Bobby. Nothing was ever proven."

— Wikipedia

This is a highly personal story about Internet character assassination. It could be your story.

I have no idea whose sick mind conceived the false, malicious "biography" that appeared under my name for 132 days on Wikipedia, the popular, online, free encyclopedia whose authors are unknown and virtually untraceable.  - USA Today Editorial


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