Monday, February 20, 2006

Websites vs. Library Databases

Library customers that are researching topics on the computer have two main choices. They can use a search engine, or they can use the library databases. Keep these ideas in mind when working with these customers:

  • Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field. Websites can be written by anyone.
  • Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography. Websites often do not provide the information necessary to create a complete citation.
  • Library databases can help you narrow your topic or suggest related subjects. Websites often are not organized to support student research needs.
  • Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication. Websites may not indicate when a page is updated.

If you are not familiar with the library databases, then register for the Library Databases Search Strategies Refresher Training.

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