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Research FAQs: Library databases vs Internet search engines

Answering Students' Most Asked Library Questions

Why Search Library Databases?

Library Databases

Library Databases

  • Created specifically for college research. Databases available to you were chosen by faculty and staff to fit your needs.
  • Using the Library databases as well as the Library Search Box will allow you to search collections of journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and eBooks BOTH Scholarly and popular.
  • Library databases also have powerful limiting options that can better specify the information you are seeking. 

Search Engines

Search Engines

  • ‚ÄčGoogle, Bing, and Yahoo search the entire web. 
  • They sift through all kinds of information (entertainment, news, social media). The results may come from an individual's website as well as a book, journal articles, or newspapers.
  • Unlike the databases, many of the scholarly results are not free and it is often difficult to decipher whether or not the results are appropriate for college-level research.