A database is is an organized and searchable collection of information.
Library databases provide access to more academic content than what you can find in Google. In many of your courses, you will be asked to use scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles or magazine and newspaper articles. While you can find some for free online, many of these, particularly journals, are only available via subscriptions.
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), Ronald Williams Library (1:22)
The UC Merced Library has over 700 databases. It can be overwhelming to decide, but there are two things you can do to help.
Learn how to find databases and how to narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability, etc. (1:14)