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5.2.3: Critical Thinking

  • Page ID
    241985
    • Walter D. Butler; Aloha Sargent; and Kelsey Smith
    • Pasadena City College, Cabrillo College, and West Hills Community College
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    Critical Thinking: Databases or Websites?

    Sometimes instructors will say: “Don’t use online sources—use library sources only!”

    “But library databases are online,” you say to yourself. But you also understand that your instructor is referring to public websites or sources you can easily find using Google.

    So, despite your instructor’s requirements, how would you decide when to use a library database versus a public website? What are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of each?


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