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TREX 1001: Kings, Prophets, and Storytellers

Why Use Databases?

 

  Open Web Search Engine Database
Credibility
  • References frequently not listed
  • Often anonymous
  • References almost always listed
  • Author almost always identified
  • ‚ÄčScholarly articles written by an expert in the field
Currency
  • May be very current, but often undated
  • Immediate publishing
  • Almost always includes date of publication
  • Publication takes time
  • Delay in availability in databases
Accuracy
  • Varies; careful evaluation is necessary
  • Review process
  • Professional editing
  • Careful selection
Purpose
  • Inform the public
  • Persuade
  • Sell
  • Share research
  • Share research with peers through scholarly articles
  • Inform 
Other database advantages:
  • FREE articles
  • More relevant results
  • Advanced search features
  • Citation help