A library database is a searchable online collection of any or all of these resources:
Library databases are good to use because the information in them is trustworthy by having been peer-reviewed or at least vetted by an editor or publisher. Even though you use the Internet to access the databases, you are NOT using what is considered an "Internet" or "web" source. Libraries pay to subscribe to databases, and thus, they are part of library collections in the same way that print books and periodicals are. Much of what is in library databases is from print sources. Instructors approve of students' using library databases to access information.
You will not be able to access much of the databases' content by using a search engine such as Google, and if you do, you may have to pay a fee in certain cases.
Your tuition helps to pay for the library's database subscriptions. So, make good use of the information in them!
Stafford Library subscribes to databases containing the content of published journals, newspapers, magazines, and reference books. When using databases: