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Boolean Operators Video

Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Articles

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Database: collection of information (data), describing items (books, journal articles, etc.), organized for quick search and retrieval

All of the following are technically 'databases'.  What makes Library databases different?


iTunes Library Catalog Database (Library)
"Encyclopedia-like" articles Music, movies, podcast, etc. Books, journals, newspapers, movies, etc. Journal articles, newspaper articles, conference proceedings, books, etc.
Any subject Covers many genres Any subject Specific subjects
Free to search Free to search Free to search Library pays for you to be able to search
In-stock (electronically) In-stock (electronically) In-stock (physical or electronically) Some in-stock (physical or electronically), others available upon request (ILL)
Free to access You pay to access content Library pays for access to content Library pays for access to content