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HON 212

A guide for the HON 212 ethics assignment

Contact Information

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Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209

Where should I go for my sources?

A comparison of Library Search, Databases, and Google Scholar as research tools

  Library Search Databases Google Scholar

Cross searches big part of library holdings

Lots of source types

Single Google-style search box

Often focused on a specific subject area

Usually one or two source types (especially scholarly articles)

Multiple search boxes

Just like Google, but brings back scholarly books and articles

Will bring back sources on any topic.

Basic search interface less intimidating

Default is stuff we own (especially online)

Scholarly focus

More control of your search

Smaller pool of results


Natural language searching (can put in a sentence in the search box)


Too many results

Requires multiple searches

Have to know which one(s) to use for different topics

We don’t own everything that comes up

Have to set Google Scholar up to work with the library or will hit pay walls

Reliability (predatory journals, self-published work)

Database suggestions (based on your Topics List)


Depends on Topic

Library Search

If you feel like 3 or more databases above apply, you may want to start here instead.

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