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ARHS Library & Instructional Materials Center: Data Bases or Search Engines


Databases  - best for

  • In-depth, subject specific research

  • Published information (copyrighted, licensed, proprietary)

  • Reliable and relevant information

  • Accessibility of full-text

  • Ability to filter and refine results

Search Engines

Search Engines - best for 



  • Finding information from/by governments, organizations, groups and individuals

  • Finding statistical information (e.g., Census demographics)

  • Trending/current topics and popular topics

  • General starting point to learn about a topic