Answered By: Katie Hoskins
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016     Views: 26

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Usually when an instructor requires students to use non-internet sources, they do not want students to use anything from the open web. The open web is anything that can be easily accessed online that does not require a username or password. Your instructor may approve some open web sources, such as educational or government websites, but check with your instructor before using these resources. 

Databases are a great alternative to the open web because they often contain credible information that has been reviewed by subject-matter experts and published in trustworthy sources. The databases can only be accessed on campus or off campus with your MyNOVA username and password. Since more materials are being published online only, databases are best when searching for current and credible materials for your paper. 

You can also find print books, encyclopedias, and newspapers at the library. Print materials may not always be as current as the materials you can find in a database, but they can still be good sources of information for your paper. Use the library catalog to search for and locate print items.