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Beatles 50th Anniversary: Coming to America: Library Databases

Differences Between Reference and Article Databases

Reference Databases provide background information, statistics, and/or facts about subjects and topics from various print sources.   This type of database is usually more subject-specific than an article database.   An example of one of our reference databases is the Britannica Academic.  
Some reference databases, such as Opposing Viewpoints In Context, also include periodical articles. 

Article Databases are just that: databases providing periodical articles.   An article database allows you to search through thousands and thousands of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles usually originating from their print sources.   Article databases usually provide at least citation information and an abstract (summary of the article); many now also provide the full text article. 
If it only provides citation information, then it will also include where you can find a print version of an article.  An example of an article database:  Academic Search Complete.


ARTICLE Databases

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