Here are some of the key benefits to databases:

  • Quality - The information available in a database comes from published sources and is authoritative. Books, encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and peer-reviewed articles make up the content of a database.
  • Quantity - Databases provide access to millions of books and records that the library building would not be able to physically house.
  • Availability - Information published in databases is not available through the internet except through paid subscriptions.
  • Accessibility - Databases may be accessed at any time from any device with an internet connection. You can log in using your Shorewood-Troy Library card.
A note about internet websites:
It can be difficult to determine the accuracy of information posted online. This is why instructors often limit the number of internet resources that may be used for an assignment.

Databases are merely digital copies of reliable resources available through schools, libraries, and subscription services.
What is a database?
Databases are sets of electronic resources subscribed to by the library. Rather than purchasing individual books, magazines, newspapers, academic journals, etc. that take up too much space and would be too expensive, the library opts to subscribe to databases instead.