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Why do I need the library, can I not find everything on the Internet?

The Internet can be a good place to find information, but it has some significant limitations. For college students and people doing serious research, one of the Internet's biggest limitations is that there is relatively little scholarly literature available on the Internet. Also, what you are able to find on the Internet may be available full-text only if you pay a hefty "pay-per-view" fee or sign up for a subscription.

The same is true for many trade journals, popular magazines, and newspapers -- they may offer select content for free online, but require a subscription for full access or offer select articles on a pay-per-view basis.

On the other hand, the library subscribes to over 95 databases that index a vast collection of journal articles from scholarly journals, trade and professional journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. Many of the articles indexed in these databases link directly to full text online. And in cases where you cannot access the full text of an article, you have the option of ordering it free of charge using the library's interlibrary loan service.

In addition to journal articles from a wide variety of publications, the library databases give you access to e-books, images, special reports, reference works, and other information that simply is not available on the Internet.

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