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|