Accessing Databases from Home
If you are at home, click on the Niles North database link below, select the database you'd like to use, and enter your student login for access.
How to Cite a Database Article
Most of the databases Niles North subscribes to will create the source citations for you. Look for the following tabs: Citation Tools, Generate Citation, Cite Now!, etc. Click on the tab and copy and paste the source citation into your Bibliography / Works Cited page. If you are using a database that does not cite for you, use a free online citation maker (Easybib, Knightcite).
Databases v. Websites
Databases and eBooks: Authoritative Content from Respected Sources
- Paid for by the library. (Think of them as premium cable channels.)
- Cannot be easily searched in Google.
- Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, etc.
- Authority of information is verified by editors and publishers.
Websites : Onus* Is on You to Verify the Content
- Access is free. No one is paying for the content.
- Anyone can publish a website. The information included is often not verified by anyone.
- Must examine with a critical eye. You need to spend time determining if content is correct.
*Onus means responsibility. It's your responsibility to be sure the content is correct. It's a better use of your time to use the library databases, when possible.
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