Answered By: Paul Landers
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2020     Views: 105

  • A search engine (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo) is designed to locate something simply because it exists, with no concern that the results may be inaccurate, false, or harmful.
  • A database is a created collection of accurate and reliable data, usually focused on a single topic or discipline, such as nursing or medicine.

IMPORTANT - databases are searchable, but most professional healthcare research databases cannot be searched with simple, natural-language searching. You must first "learn how to search" using each database's own unique strategy. The TTUHSC reference librarians can help you with your healthcare research.


NOTE - many databases do not have the rights to distribute the full-text articles themselves. Most databases also do not know the actual holdings or subscriptions of any libraries. After locating an article in a database, use the Check TTUHSC icon, LibKey Nomad, or GoldRush to discover if TTUHSC has access to the full text. If we do not, order the article at no cost from Interlibrary Loan.