How is using library databases different from searching the Internet?
The library's subscription databases contain information taken from published works, such as encyclopedia articles, academic journals and magazine/newspaper articles.
What are the advantages to using databases over general websites?
Information in databases
- is published by professionals or experts in their field,
- goes through an editorial process to check facts,
- is easy to cite in a paper and usually provides the citation for you,
- can help you focus your topic or suggest related subjects, and
- is updated frequently, often daily, and displays the date of publication.