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Russian History and Culture: Electronic Resources

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Databases vs. Websites

Databases

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

Websites

  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the contents.
  • 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?

When accessing any of our online resources (eBooks, databases, etc.) from off campus, you will be prompted to enter your library username/library and a PIN.

Your library username is your student ID number on the back of your Blue Card. The PIN is a unique, 4-digit number created for you upon request at the Circulation Desk here at the OWHL.

You MUST have a PIN number in order to access any online library resources from off campus. To obtain a PIN, simply bring your Blue Card to the Circulation Desk.

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