What is a library database?
|Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field.||Web sites can be written by anyone regardless of expertise.|
|Library databases contain published works where facts are checked.||Web site content is not necessarily checked by an expert.|
|Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography and may create the citation for you.||Web sites often don’t provide the information necessary to create a complete citation.|
|Library databases can help you narrow your topic or suggest related subjects.||Web sites often aren’t organized to support student research needs.|
|Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication.||Web sites may not indicate when a page is updated.|
Any source, whether a library database or website, can have good information. It is necessary to think critically about all information that you read or view.