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DATABASE HELP GUIDES: Database vs Resources

Academic OneFile, CINAHL, Culturegrams, EBSCO, Films on Demand, OVID, Vocational Biographies & more

What is the difference between a database and a resource and a source?

However, these terms (database/resource/source ) tend to be used interchangeably.

What is a database? A database is a collection of records that describe each item you might get as a result

database is a collection of records that describe each item you might get as a result

FVTC Access

Library Services pays subscription fees to provide FVTC affiliates free access to these databases.

Database vendors require us to make sure that only FVTC affiliates have access, so off-campus use is through a proxy login

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Search engines  > search databases > for records > leading to content.
database is a collection of records. 

Records list information describing the content and location of an item.


Google is a search engine 
that searches their Google-byte sized database 
of spider collected records

to help you find POPULAR webpages.   
Google Rank is not related to reliability of content.

In more detail:

A database search engine  (Ebsco Discovery Service or Google)
> uses access points such as keywords, author date of publication, etc,
> > to search a database collection of records

  • Ebsco searches for articles, books, etc and allows you to sort for more relevant and authoritative information. Gives access to many items that are behind a paywall (accessed by purchase; for fee)
  • Google searches for more, but it is much harder to determine relevance and whether the information is reliable. Gives access to items that are freely available; provides you opportunity to pay for content, or to find a library where you might be able to borrow the item for free.

> > > to  find content
> > > >that matches your search terms.   


Citing describes where a borrowed work can be found.

Nesting containers like Russian dolls

A quote in a chapter in a book.
A link on a webpage in a website.
An image in an article in an issue of a journal.
A song in a playlist in an account on MyCloud.
A video created - by someone who recorded it somewhere - and had it published in a database.

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