Answered By: Stephanie C Gillespie
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017     Views: 8

Search engines (such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!) are helpful when finding products, entertainment, maps, etc. However, they are not very helpful when doing academic research. Much of the content is not trustworthy enough to use in your academic research papers.

Even Google Scholar... though it contains academic writing, searching for it is very hard! Plus, the results include many articles you have to pay for!

The PSCC Libraries have paid for powerful databases that contain trustworthy content, created by experts. Most of the databases are targeted to students, suggesting related searches or a narrower search, so searching is made easy! Plus, there are great tools to help you get in, get out, and get done like the citation and the email function.

Databases that end in "in Context" (Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Research in Context, US History in Context, etc.) recommend trustworthy websites to use in your paper.