Doing research on the web

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Sometimes professors will tell you that you cannot use web or online sources for your papers. This is something you will want clarification on before starting your research. 

When many people refer to the web they're talking about Google or other free web sources, but that just scratches the surface of what's available online. There are many scholarly resources that the library subscribes to that would be excellent for your research. 

If you begin your search at the RIT libraries homepage, you can't go wrong.  At the university level, professors expect students to begin searching for scholarly sources by using library information resources to find books and library databases to find articles. Excluding online library resources such as journal articles doesn't really make sense in most cases so you'll want to clarify whether it's OK to use the library databases.