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What is an Online Database?

Online databases make it easy to find good quality information. You should use databases when you are looking for:

  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Encyclopedia articles
  • Biographical information
  • Statistical information

Internet vs. Databases?


  • It has both good and bad information. You have to sort through it all to find the good information by evaluating websites for quality.
  • Not all websites are made by experts. Anyone can publish to the web.
  • Usually FREE...but sometimes free is not always good.
  • Not very well organized

  • Organized by specific types of information
  • Good quality information - Facts are checked by many people.
  • Most databases are NOT FREE. Most libraries pay for access to database information.