When you first use a search engine to look up the answer to a question or to begin a research project, you will notice something: Some of the results you receive are relevant and some are not.This happens because search engines all have different rules about how the search engine results will be listed.
Ohio State Libraries can usually get you what you need without additional payment.
Remember to follow the advice in Evaluating Sources to determine whether information you locate online is suitable for your information needs.
However, scholarly information is often not available through a regular web search.
If you do find scholarly information through a web search engine, especially if you are off campus, you may be asked for payment to access it.
In short, you should use library databases to quickly find relevant scholarly information you can use in research papers or other course projects.
We also have several library databases that include music, videos, and art!
In collecting your information, assess how quickly the search engine can get to your needed materials and then choose the search engine that works consistently for you.
It is much easier to use one search engine than to use several.
Citations as a measure of impact How do you know if a paper is impactful?
Some scholars use the number of times the paper has been cited by other scholars.