Why can't I just use Google for my research?
You can definitely use Google for your personal research and you can use it to help you learn more about a topic you're researching. However, the free resources available via Google such as Web sites, blogs, and selected articles, are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the resources available to you as a SLU student. You have access to resources provided by the SLU Libraries, including our print collections and hundreds of subscription library dabases that provide online access to published materials. These include articles from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers as well as ebooks, and collections of primary sources. These are the kinds of sources academic research requires. Often professors will require students to use only scholarly books and journal articles for their research, and these materials usually aren't freely available via Google.
If you're new to using library resources for your research, try using SLUth Search Plus to find information. SLUth Search Plus searches the SLU Libraries Catalog (for books) and many library databases (for articles) at the same time. It's a good place to start your research on most topics.