Thursday, May 19, 2011

Databases vs. websites

What is the difference between a database and a website?
Websites can be created by anyone and can contain anything, regardless of accuracy. Databases, on the other hand, are an online subscription (sometimes referred to as "premium") version of reference books, magazine articles, journal articles, data, audiobooks and videos that you won't find with a search engine like Google or Bing. The library subscribes to these databases either individually or through Find It Virginia. You can access these databases in the library (ask reference staff for assistance) or through our website with your library card number (10 digit number on the back of your card).

This is not to say there aren't a lot of informative, educational websites out there. Library reference staff has put together a list of recommended websites organized by subject/category, so be sure to bookmark/refer to these as well as you do your research.

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