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Databases vs. Websites


Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field. Websites may be written by anyone regardless of expertise.
Library databases contain published works where facts are checked. Website content is not necessarily checked by an expert.
Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography and may create the citation for you. Websites often don’t provide the information necessary to create a complete citation.
Library databases can help you narrow your topic or suggest related subjects. Websites often aren’t organized to support a student’s research needs.
Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication. Websites may not indicate a copyright date or when it was last updated.


When researching, go to the online databases and encyclopedias first for credible, expert information. If you need more information, use the recommended search engines below. 


Recommended Search Engines:


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