Answered By: Laurie Bastien Last Updated: Aug 03, 2018 Views: 104
|Authority||Content written by academics or industry professionals||Anyone can add content. Author does not have to be an expert in the field to contribute information.|
|Reliability/Accuracy||Information must submit to a peer review process or get publisher approval.||Variable reliability. There is no quality control of the information provided.|
|Content||Database are arranged by subject and contain academic research studies, government reports, newspaper articles, industry/trade reports and articles. Content typically includes citations and/or bibliographies. Libraries purchase database content, which is copyrighted and licensed for use.||Websites are not organized by subject. The Internet contains an amalgamation of information. Fact checking of information is limited. No quality control process is required.|
|Currency/Frequency of Update||Database content updated regularly. Depending upon the publisher, updates can be daily, weekly, monthly, etc.||Unknown/sporadic. Updates among websites is variable.|
|Cost to Access||Subscriptions are chosen and paid by the Library/Institution||Websites are usually freely available, but sometimes site content requires user accounts/fees|
|Purpose/Use||Scholarly/academic research||General interest|
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