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French 401 The Francophone World: Electronic Resources

Databases vs. Websites

Databases

  • Paid for by the library.  Often very expensive!
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, and journalists, etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.

Websites

  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included is often NOT verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!

What is a Pin Number?

A pin number is a unique number for your library account at the OWHL.  You MUST have a Pin number to get books through NOBLE, or have a remote access to the library's digital resources, as well as manage your account.  To get a pin, simply bring your ID to the Welcome desk.

Recommended Electronic Databases

Research & Instructional Librarian

Selected Internet Sources