Why should I use a library database instead of the internet?
Use the chart below to quickly compare library databases to the world wide web.
|Library Databases||The Internet|
|Paid for by the library so you have free access to scholarly information.||Some resources are free, but others require you to pay for them.|
Content is evaluated for authority and accuracy.
Information is not evaluated for accuracy and may be incorrect, misleading or biased.
|Information is stable.||Websites come and go.|
|Use Research Subject Guides to find databases relating specifically to your topic (and get connected to an expert for guidance).||The internet is a vast sea of information with no organization.|
|Library databases offer options to quickly limit or expand your search to find the articles you need.||A search engine (like Google) often returns an overwhelming number of results with no quick way to narrow them down or ensure they relate to your topic.|
In short, you should use library databases to quickly find relevant scholarly information you can use in research papers or other course projects. We also have several library databases that include music, videos, and art! Take a look. You are sure to find something that relates to you!