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Berlin: The Architecture of Memory: Websites and Databases

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Databases vs. Websites


  • Paid for by the library.  Often very expensive!
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, "smart people", etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.


  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!

Recommended Websites

TIP: Many of the websites you will use in this project will be based out of Germany, so the default language may be German. Be sure to look for a translate option, which is usually located at the very top or very bottom of the page. It is often indicated by the nation's flag.

Recommended Databases