For most students who are faced with the task of working on a topic in a scientific way for the first time, the path to the Internet should be shorter than the one in the library. Quickly Google is interviewed and throws a lot of useful and less useful links.
Off the way
As meaningful as such an approach may be at the beginning of the activity or in the later literature search, it is not so effective to rely on this path alone; Not only are the Internet links off the beaten track of scientific data only badly quotable, but sometimes hardly to use, because they are ideological, incomplete or faulty.
In addition, there is a risk that the concentration suffers greatly, because the attention economics on the Internet leads time and again to leave the path of factual research and fall for obvious or even hidden advertising.
If you really want to explore a topic and mentally penetrate it, you can hardly do without the use of books (if necessary also as PDF or Ebooks). Because the scientific discussion is, with a few exceptions, not in the publicly accessible part of the Internet, but in specialist journals, the authors then, in order to present their arguments more comprehensively, point to their books.
Even at the beginning of the 21st century, there is no way around the classic book of actual scientific activity; On the one hand, because the previous history of science largely depends on it, and on the other because, despite all efforts at systematization and unification, no comprehensive academic alternative system is yet to be found.
Because with books of large scientific publishers – be it in paper or digital form – at least the adherence to certain quality standards can be assumed, which is not always the case with private Internet offers.
A work that has a large number of classical bibliographical references in the directory should therefore initially make a better impression.