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Library Services and Resources for Distance Education Students: Why are databases useful?

This LibGuide will provide valuable information on library services and resources available at John B. Cade Library.

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Databases are useful when you need credible library resources for your research such as journals, books, reference titles, newspapers, magazines and much more.

Why is it a good choice to use library databases to conduct research for your research paper?

  • Authority- Library databases contain works from professionally published sources and information are more likely to come from an expert on a particular topic. Unlike a website where it may be hard to tell who is responsible for the content, a library database clearly indicates the author and source.
  • Accuracy and currency-Information in library databases are checked for accuracy and library databases always include the date of publication.
  • Access- Library databases offer options like related terms, search options to broaden or narrow the search, and other organizational tools that support your research.