Research Databases for Students

What is a database?

database contains information.


You use a database (on a computer) to find information on a topic.

A database is NOT the same as a website!


Why use a library database?

The Internet has a lot of information. It can be difficult to find articles and good information. That's where databases can help! In fact, there are good reasons to use databases instead of searching the Web:

  • Databases are easy, fast, and usually full of very good information!

  • Many articles in databases are "peer-reviewed"--this means experts approved the articles.

  • Databases can save you money! Many articles on the web cost money.

  • Databases let you search and browse by topic, date, author, and other fields.

If you need to do some serious research, databases are often a great choice!

Where can you find the databases?

​The databases are available for free through the library.