Answered By: Stephanie C Gillespie
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017     Views: 244

A library database is a collection of pre-paid articles, ebooks, reports, statistics, images, videos, etc. that you can search by title, author, subject, keyword, and more. Some databases cover many academic fields (ex. Academic OneFile) while others cover only one (ex. Health and Wellness Resource Center). You can easily limit your results to a specific source (like articles), full-text, and scholarly sources. These limiters allow you to find the right results quickly and easily.

A library database is like iTunes: You buy music and add it to iTunes. iTunes organizes it by artist, genre, etc. You can create playlists. Every time you click on a title, the song plays, because iTunes just organizes the music you've already bought.

Google (and other search engines) searches free and payment-required sources using only keywords. You can only limit by date and a few specific sources (like images), so you will have to go through hundreds of thousands of results. This information has not been evaluated, so it could be wrong or biased.

Search engines are like YouTube: Other people create content, and YouTube searches for it with keywords. You can create playlists here, too, but if the person who uploaded the video deletes it, it's gone. Also, with search engines, it might ask you for money before giving you the content.

Why use library databases?

 

Go to the libraries' list of databases or use OneSearch to search many library databases at once.