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Distance Learners: Lincoln International Business School

Information on the Library and the resources available to you as a distance learning student at the University of Lincoln

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A large amount of information is freely available on the Internet. It is important, when using the Internet for research purposes, to evaluate the reliability of the sites: use the checklist to help you evaluate the information that you find on the Internet.


  • Is the site Authoritative? (Who is the author and what authority do they possess?)
  • Is the site Accurate? (Are any claims supported by reliable evidence?)
  • Is the site Impartial? (Is the information biased?)
  • Is the site Current? (Is the information up-to-date?)
  • Who are the Audience? (Who is the site aimed at?)
  • Is the site Reliable? (Are links from the site working and pointing to other reliable sites?)
Google Scholar Search

If you use Google Scholar to search for journal articles and you find that you are unable to access to the full text, check the Library's Electronic Journals to see if we have a subscription.  Note: you need to search for the journal title not the journal article title.

Google Web Search

If you use Google to search for information, make sure you use the checklist (above) to evaluate whether the site is suitable for academia.

Libkey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension for Chrome which can help you identify quickly when an online article is available from the Library. When downloaded it provides links to full-text content held by the Library from publisher websites, Wikipedia, and PubMed. 

Click on the link below for more information and details on how to install it.