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|Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field.||Websites may be published 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 may not 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 user's research needs.|
|Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication.||Websites may not indicate when a page is updated.|
Any source, whether a library database or website, can have good information. It is necessary to think critically of all information that you read or view.
How to think
critically about information:
Currency: How recent is the information, and when was it last updated?
Organization: Is it easy to locate the information you need?
Accuracy: How reliable is the information, and are the facts accurate?
Bibliography: How easy is the source to cite in a bibliography? Does it give you the author, title, publisher, and date?
Unfamiliar Topics: How useful is it when you don't know where to start?
Languages: How easily can the source provide languages other than English?