Answered By: University of Illinois Library
Last Updated: May 09, 2016     Views: 2

A search engine, like Google, uses computer algorithms to search the Internet and find websites that match the keywords you enter.

Library databases search for published and academic resources, including articles in journals, newspapers, and magazines. Library databases can be general or discipline-specific (e.g. an engineering database).

For more information, see the Undergraduate Library’s explanation of their differences.

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