What is Database?
A library database is a search tool for high-quality content from published sources – magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, ebooks. Examples of databases are Academic Search Complete and PsycArticles.
Why Use a Database?
What is a Search Engine?
Google and Bing are internet search engines. They search the internet for websites that match your search terms.
Why Use a Search Engine?
To learn more about evaluating websites for use in your research, see the Website Evaluation guide.
It depends. If your assignment calls for “scholarly” sources, you will want to use books and articles from the Library databases. If you are looking for census data or very current news, the internet would be useful.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia where individuals can contribute and edit the entries. Because it is not a traditionally published source, Wikipedia articles are not automatically reliable or high-quality. It can be useful as a starting point - to get an overview of a topic - and, you can check the bibliography in a Wikipedia article to find actual sources that you can use.