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PSYC 2301 - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

A resource guide for Psychology Research Methods class

Database vs. Google

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: