What is a database?
Library databases are created for researchers to find information. Each database is a searchable collection of published work. They are tools for you to find articles published in academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and other types of materials. Library databases can be multidisciplinary (e.g., Academic Search Complete) or subject-specific (e.g., PsycINFO).
What is a search engine?
A search engine, such as Google or Yahoo!, uses computer algorithms to search the Internet and identify information that matches the keywords or phrases entered by a user
Search engines are useful for finding information produced by governments, companies, organizations, groups, and any individuals
This video discusses the differences between these two types of search tools: