World Wide Web Resources Overview Bio14


Definition

World Wide Web resources include reference materials, primary literature, and secondary literature. In other words, the Web is a huge library of electronically-presented information of all sorts. A word of caution: just because you found it on the Web, don't jump to the conclusion that it is more authoritative than a similar paper document. Always make sure that you evaluate the material you find on the Web.

Traditional publishers are converting print sources to the Web--often for a fee. For example, the Tisch Library subscribes to Britannica Online, the Web version of the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica. You'll also find scientific information offered on sites mounted by professional societies and biology departments. Such sites may offer free links to datasets, electronic journals, online reference sources, images, and summaries of research projects. On innovative sites, you'll find resources that are impossible in print: simulation models, animated images, and searchable datasets.

Why Use Web Resources?

Web sites can offer timely news on scientific developments, easy access to electronic journal articles, and access to materials that can't be displayed in printed format. In fact there are examples from the whole range of scientific literature on the Web. However, resources on the World Wide Web are not a substitute for the traditional primary, secondary, and reference literature sources described in this tutorial. Web sources may be difficult to locate and must always be carefully evaluated.

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