Databases vs. Websites
Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field. Websites may be written by anyone regardless of expertise. Library databases contain published works where facts are checked. Website content is not necessarily checked by an expert. Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography and may create the citation for you. Websites often don't provide the information necessary to create a complete citation. Library databases can help you narrow your topic or suggest related subjects. Websites often aren't organized to support a student's research needs. Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication. Websites may not indicate a copyright date or when it was last updated.
Open Access Databases and JournalsAn international collection of research from scholars and experts of Religion.Dryad is a nonprofit repository for data underlying the international scientific and medical literature.A directory of Open Access journal articles sponsored by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library.University at Buffalo Libraries Open Access Databases - ranges in topics.
Meta Search Engines:A single searching tool that searches multiple search engines - each meta search engine is unique.References & Search Engines