Introduction to Databases
What is a database?
Databases are searchable collections of records from previously published materials, such as magazines, journals, newspapers, government reports, primary documents, news wires and more.
What is the Internet?
A global network of computers that share information. Websites can come from the government, military, organizations or any individual.
How do I choose which one to use for research?
Both the Internet and databases are useful for research. The sources in the databases have already gone through an evaluation process just by being published. The materials are well indexed, organized and fairly easy to use. Websites need to be carefully evaluated before you use them as they have not gone through any publishing process and it is very easy to put anything on the web.
The Internet is very useful for finding information from governments and organizations. It is also good place for locating the most current news.
What is a scholarly or peer-reviewed article?
Before an article is published in a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal it must first be read by several other experts in the field and they must approve the acceptance of the scholarly value of the article before it is published. Frequently, these articles contain original research.
The full-text of newspaper articles. Some going back to 1985.
Suggested Key Words for Searching
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