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Using electronic sources in a dissertation

Rich Monte 2 / 94 2  
Dec 12, 2008   #1
I have a question. Is using electronic sources in a dissertation considered a good thing or not? Most of my sources are online and I prefer that than going to a library and seek published works. Would it decrease the value of my dissertation?
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Dec 13, 2008   #2
Hi, this is an important question. The thing is, online articles are usually hard copies as well, so even if you find them on Google Scholar or questia.com (2 very good resources) they also still exist as actual articles in scholarly journals. So, you can still cite them as journal articles as long as you spend the time to find the publication info.

Also, you really should ask your academic advisor about the details... perhaps your focus for the dissertation is particularly suited for online sources (i.e. maybe you are writing about E-Commerce)?

So, 1.) ask an adviser, and 2.) even when you read sources online you can still cite the original publication.

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