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Finding and Evaluating Web Sources: Home

This guide gives tips and tricks for finding web sources and evaluating their value for academic research.

Welcome!

One of the very first things we librarians tell incoming freshmen is that WIkipedia is not an appropriate source for university-level research. That's true. But too many students take that a step further and assume that they can't use anything on the Internet.

Online content has a bad reputation for being inaccurate and biased, but there is a lot of high quality, up-to-date information available via web sources.

This guide will give some tips on how to find research sources online and how to evaluate them to ensure you only use the best possible content.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.

Use the online Interlibrary Loan request system ILLiad to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.

Depending on the type of item you're requesting, turnaround times vary—to be safe, plan to wait a few business days for an article and at least a week for a book.

If you need help with making an ILL request or have questions about the process, call the ILL office at 512.245.4893.

TexShare

Request a TexShare card through this request form or sign up at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the main floor.

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current Texas State students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for 1 long semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" placed on their records. This will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Circulation/Reserve Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email.

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