Databases vs Websites

Library databases are basically a digital way of storing encyclopedia, magazine, and newspaper articles--plus lots of other good stuff.  Before you head to Google, take a look at this:

Library Databases          Websites          
Info is authored by experts Info is authored by anyone
Contain published works where facts are checked Content is not necessarily fact-checked
Purpose: for students doing research Purpose: many different reasons
Available to anyone with a library card Available to anyone
Easy to cite and even may create the citation for you You must piece together the citation
Teachers encourage you to use Teachers warn you against

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