While the easy access and the amount of available information are clear advantages to online research, careful attention should be paid to issues such as source evaluation and effectively focusing research. The goal of academic research is to find and use credible sources, and this process can be made difficult without guidance. To help students stay focused on research, you might give them specific instructions and/or a specific goal to reach. Perhaps have them get 4 sources total, or 1 from each of several databases you suggest, or 2 from online databases and two from the Internet. Again, be sure to encourage traditional research as well. Students should still be able to find sources in the library.