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Zondervan Library – Welcome!

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With the huge amount of information available on the web today, why do you need a library? Why should you use the Zondervan Library instead of just doing a Google search? Isn't everything available on the Internet?
I want to briefly answer these frequently asked questions (or ones like them).

Q: Isn’t everything available on the Internet?

A: No, everything isn't on the Internet. It’s true, there is a lot out there -- recent estimates suggest over 50 billion pages and counting. Still, there are many books, magazines (or journals) and other publications that aren't in a digital format. Even if these resources are available digitally, most of them aren't "free" on the Internet. The Zondervan Library adds a few thousand books and magazines per year and acquires thousands more resources in digital format. For example, Zondervan now provides over 175,000 eBooks (many of them are now downloadable) and more than 30,000 magazines and journals online.

Q: Can't you find the information you need through a web search?

A: You can find a lot of stuff for sure. Some of it may be reputable, even scholarly. But a general web search is a "mixed bag." Enter Primo, the Zondervan Research Station. This is a new way of searching resources available through the Zondervan Library through which you'll discover things in the library such as books and DVDs but also many magazine and "peer-reviewed" (scholarly) articles through one search box. It's a developing tool that isn't perfect, but it's a great place to start your research. It searches simultaneously what we formerly called the Online Catalog and Research Resources (or databases). In the left margin you'll see various ways to refine your search results. You can still search specific Research Resources to take advantage of select searching capabilities. The big difference between what you discover through Primo and a basic web search is that these are edited and reviewed publications -- overall providing better quality resources than the grab bag of general web search results. Primo -- check it out.

Q: Do we still need libraries?

A: You can imagine that there's bias in my answer, since I am a librarian! I don't know how long we'll still have print or other physical resources in the Library. Print books will persist for a long time, I think, but there will be fewer of them over the years. As media streaming advances in new iterations, DVDs will likely go the way of audio CDs -- dust catchers -- in not too many years. I hope that librarians (or whatever we may be called in the future) will still find useful roles – as we do today -- in connecting people with information through suggesting resources, offering guidance in the use of research tools (like PRIMO), and in helping students to evaluate information. It's never been more the case -- you can't believe everything you read!

So, don't hesitate to contact us in person (Research Help station in Zondervan), email, or phone (Ask-A-Librarian). We're happy to show you more about Primo, help you with a search strategy, evaluate a resource, or answer other questions you have about using the Library and its resources. We really do mean it -- please get in touch with us, especially before you get frustrated because you can't find anything on your topic, or are overwhelmed with too many results.

Welcome to the Zondervan Library -- a place to discover, connect, learn!


Dan Bowell
University Librarian

Last revised April 03, 2013 - 12:22 PM