Considerations and Potential Drawbacks
- The main concern is source evaluation, specifically from Internet sites. Make sure to cover this issue in class to ensure that students know how to select credible sources.
- Online research can again provide ample opportunity for distraction. You might offer specific instructions or specific goals to help students focus.
- Technical glitches can sometimes make it hard to access a specific database or site. This might be a more frequent concern for students who access the online library resources from off-campus.
- It's probably best to use online research in conjunction with traditional resource methods so students become familiar with both approaches.