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Why Use Library Databases

Why not just use Google search?

Library Databases include a lot of information and resources that you cannot access on the free web:

  • eBooks
  • articles from academic journals
  • news articles
  • reference books
  • essays
  • indexes

Other databases can help you with language learning or art appreciation.


Library databases provide more scholarly results than a Google or Bing search. Databases are great for research, showing you not only full-text content but also citations and abstracts for materials that are not available full-text (but might be available through interlibrary loan).

Google vs. Library Databases
  Google Library Databases
What they search All of the "free" web Scholarly materials only available through library databases
How they search All the text of a document Fields such as title, author, subject


EBSCO Search searches not just our catalog of books, ebooks, dvds, and other media but also most of our online databases as well!


  • the search will yield results from many sources
  • you don't have to select a database to get started.


  • fewer options for focusing your results
  • sheer number of results may be overwhelming

Our list of databases allows you to choose the database you wish to search.


  • more options to control and narrow your search
  • some databases dedicated specifically to certain topics


  • you may not know which database to choose