On the Web
- you find ALL kinds of information - from academic research to hoaxes and scams. There is no review process on the Web.
- it is not always easy to tell where the information came from, nor how trustworthy the information might be. You have to evaluate the content for yourself.
- you typically perform a keyword search. You will find many, many Web sites that have your keywords in them.
In Periodical Databases
- you find information that was previously published in print format and has gone through a review process.
- citations clearly identify where the information came from and when it was published.
- you search for keywords or subject or author, etc. A database organizes and indexes its content for easy retrieval.