Academic vs. Public Libraries
public libraries in our community college district are really wonderful
and can be helpful in many ways. However, when you're doing research for
a paper or speech your instructor will probably require you to use resources
that are more appropriate for college level courses and are more academic
in nature. An academic library like Oakton's can help because our resources
and services support the educational mission of the College.
The library faculty at Oakton encourage you to make the Oakton Library
the first step in the research process; we can almost always guide you
to the appropriate books, magazines, newspapers and web sites and also
offer instruction in their use. If you need to locate something in another
library, our computerized interlibrary loan service can do so effectively
The Top 10 Differences Between
the Oakton Library and Public Libraries describes some
differences between the two types of libraries.
You may discover why your instructor has suggested using an academic library
like Oakton for your research. Get comfortable in using this Library.
Visit often and take advantage of the many services, workshops and resources.