|Open Web / Google Search
|Library Content / Databases
|everyday questions, navigating daily life
"Is Hugo's open tonight?"
surveying the published record of scholarly inquiry
|varies; no editorial review, no quality control
|a high proportion of peer-reviewed and fact-checked content
"What volunteer opportunities are near me?"
Topic keywords and synonyms with connectors:
"college students" and (volunteer* or "service learning")
|Relevancy and results
|Often the first page is highly relevant but lack of filters makes it difficult to focus your results.
Advertising and marketing can affect ranking.
Results can be filtered by type of document, year, subject terms, and more.
|Bots and crawlers examine web page content and metadata of websites; not publications.
Search engines can be gamed.
|Human editors choose the articles and books as part of the scholarly conversation within academic disciplines.
|Depth and Breadth
|Picks up websites and blogs that search engine bots can crawl.
|Databases index articles, books, journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, and even streaming video and music;
most of this material is not available through an Internet search.
|Websites come and go and have paywalls.
|The Library pays for your access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks and e-journals.
With thanks to the Yale University Libraries, University of Maryland, HASTAC, and many other library instruction programs for sharing these concepts.