What is a database?
A database, in the most general sense, is an organized collection of information or data.
Library databases allow you to search for published information such as magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. The library subscribes to general databases covering multiple subject areas (e.g. Research Library Complete, JSTOR, etc.) as well as discipline-specific databases (e.g. PsycInfo, MLA International Bibliography, etc.). Searching library databases is a bit different from searching Google. Ask a librarian for help!
Within a database, you may find a variety of content that includes, but is not limited to, articles from journals/magazine/newspapers, books and book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Databases often provide full-text access to articles and other resources. When searching library databases, look for "Check for full text" to search for the content in other databases that the library subscribes to.