While discussing primary and secondary research with my Public Relations Research class, I proposed the following discussion question from our textbook author: “Are libraries necessary for research?”. Most of the student answers touched on using the library to meet with their group members, as oppose to conducting research. I listed a few student answers below for you to ponder. But I’d like to know, do you feel libraries are necessary for research? Take the poll.
Enjoy a few student answers:
- I don’t think going to the library for research is necessary anymore because the Internet has everything on it.
- I feel that in order to do research effectively you have to go to the library.
- It’s not necessary, but I think I’m more productive when working there.
- Yes. A lot of useful material can be found at the library.
- I believe it is not necessary, but many times it is easiest to meet there because everyone knows where it is.
- It depends on the situation, but I think with the Internet the library isn’t always necessary.
- NO! You can do online research and other things besides going to the library. No one reads books anymore, duh!