Wait, We Have a Library..?

When was the last time you actually used a book to do research? These days, people are more prone to using Google than going to the library.

Many post-secondary institutions provide library databases for students, so they can easily search for peer-reviewed articles, and books online. There’s no need to leave the comfort of your home, it’s all right there on your computer screen. I admit that I’m guilty of the charge. I once wormed my way out of buying the required reading for an English class, by downloading the Shakespeare application on my iPod.

Sadly I wouldn’t even know where to begin checking out a book from the school library! This is true for many students in this day and age. Librarians wait eagerly for students to come in and provide them with some work to do, but to no avail. They are all busy at home on their computers. But who can blame them?

The Internet is a one-stop shop for dictionaries, encyclopedias, novels, journal articles, and just about anything else you might need. Why would you check out a stack of books to carry home, when you can get what you need online? No more stress of returning books on time, or fighting with other students for the same book. Thanks Google!

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)