Answered By: Kira Lovell
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2023     Views: 18

Each library database is designed for a specific purpose, and they each express that in different ways, including:

  • Content coverage: Some databases are general or cover multiple disciplines, while others are narrowly focused on one subject.
  • Publications included: Databases might include books, eBooks, dissertations, reviews, primary sources, and more. Some databases only include articles from scholarly journals, while others might include newspaper and magazine articles. 
  • Article content: Some databases include the full text of every article provided, some include full text for some articles but not others, and some only include information about the articles (called indexes).
  • Search features: Different databases will provide different filters to refine search results based on the best ways to differentiate content in the database.

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