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Databases vs. Web
A primary difference between databases and websites is that librarians review and select the databases which have book, magazine, journal, and even Web information that is considered reliable, authoritative, historically relevant, and valuable. Most information on the web does not go through a review process. Most of the information available through a database also is available in a paper format but by providing the information in an electronic format, the library can save money by buying one electronic subscription which can be shared by many people.
For your research, you will probably save yourself time and find more quality information if you begin with library resources and then move to the Web if you need more information or other points of view. Remember, when using remote access to get to the library’s databases, you are accessing the library’s collection via the Web, but are still using library resources which tend to be more reliable.
How to Cite
Why cite sources?
Whenever you quote or take ideas from another person’s work, you have to document the source you used, whether it’s a book, magazine, video, or website.
How to cite:
Try these links for good examples of citation style guides and plagiarism prevention:
Citing Your Sources guide from The University of California Berkeley Library
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Help: Citation Style Guides provided by Xavier University, McDonald Library