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After the discussion on this topic recently, I decided to ask my three 
children what their universities say. All three are at different schools 
(in two different states) with three different majors, so there is a 
fair range here. This is what they said:

 From my Comp Sci Junior:

I haven't had too many classes where I've had to write papers. Also, 
most of those have been papers related to computers. Usually I'm allowed 
to use just about anything I can find on the Internet. Everyone has 
required at least one "hard" source (book, primary source, etc.). 
Internet and periodicals usually fall under "soft" sources. The new MLA 
and APA standards (if I've got the alphabet soup correct) include the 
proper way of writing stuff for Internet sources.

For a short answer, Internet sources are permitted, but at least one 
"hard" source is required, unless the topic dictates otherwise.

 From my Theater major Sophomore:

So far my profs have allowed some Internet research, but only a limited 
amount such as 1-2 Internet sources and 3-5 non Internet. We also 
weren't allowed to use websites that were older than 5 years, but that 
was only for one class. Hope that helps.

 From my early childhood ed Sophomore:

We are allowed to use thing from the Internet. Many profs will specify 
that we must use Academic Search Premier to find articles that are also 
in the library.

David Lininger, kb0zke,
MS/HS librarian
Hickory County R-1 Schools
Urbana, MO 65767
tss003 at

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