Library Databases VS. Websites
What is a library database?
A library database is a collection of information resources compiled by a company often for a specific information need, for example SIRS Discoverer contains digitized versions of print newspapers, magazines, books, and atlases targeted to grades 3-8 for general information.
Written by professionals or experts in the field. Authority can be verified.
Resources are edited. Many were previously published in pint format.
No advertising; databases are paid for by the school.
Search strategies include keyword, subject, author, date, etc.
Resources are updated frequently and copyright date is easily located.
Easy to cite and citation is often provided.
Free to anyone at Duke School
Anyone can write and publish. Authority can be hard to verify.
Information may not be edited or verified.
Advertising and pop-ups are frequent.
Keyword searches and advanced searching strategies available.
Date is not always easily located. Updating varies with the site.
Citation makers are usually unable to locate all of the info needed. User must locate missing pieces.
Many newspaper and journals are charging for full access.