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Google vs Library: Final Score

Make Your Searches Effecive and Efficient Using the Right Tool

Google vs Library Quick Poll

Which offers better search resources for HCC course work?

Google vs Library Quick Poll
Google: 1 votes (10%)
Usually Google, but not always: 0 votes (0%)
Usually the Library, but not always: 3 votes (30%)
The Library: 6 votes (60%)
Total Votes: 10

A Side-by-Side Comparison

If you've looked around this guide, you probably recognize that Google is committed to helping you search for what is publicly available on the web. If there is a cost for access, you are expected to pay.

The HCC Libraries try to provide videos and other materials that are exactly what you need for your HCC classes, even if there is a cost involved. While you're a student at HCC, these materials are provided to you free of charge.

Library Sources Free Web Sources (Google)
When to Use
  • For college assignments.
  • When authority and reliability matter.
  • When you need the best information quickly.
  • For scholarly academic sources.
  • For shopping and entertainment.
  • For quick, simple facts or definitions.
  • For quick background or orientation.
  • Excellent for the most recent news (with caution).
Reliability/Authority
  • Written by professional journalists or researchers.
  • Many peer-reviewed sources.
  • Written by anyone, including some professionals.
  • Some peer-reviewed sources.
Accessibility/Searchability
  • Available through the HCC Libraries website and in the HCC Libraries.
  • Most sources have been systematically subject tagged and indexed.
  • Powerful advanced search options.
  • Over 150 different searches.
  • Most, but not all, sources included in Eagle Library Search.
  • Available anywhere anytime.
  • No systematic indexing or subject tagging.
  • Some advanced search options.
Usability/Relevance
  • Results are only published sources.
  • Results easily filtered by a variety of criteria.
  • Results can usually be emailed and/or downloaded.
  • Results often come in pdf format.
  • Results often include a draft citation for the source.
  • Results include ads, ad and malware delivery sites, and other unfiltered sources.
  • Results can be filtered by popular criteria
  • Results can occasionally be emailed or downloaded, but not usually.
  • Results occur in a variety of formats
  • Results rarely provide a draft citation.
Stability
  • Published content does not change.
  • Website content changes often.

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