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Brace Fellow Guide: E-Resources

A Research Guide

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!

Finding Articles

Articles from electronic databases can help you fill in holes in areas of your research where book information is not sufficient. Often times, articles will give very specific information rather than a general overview.

You may access the subscription databases at the OWHL on campus or off.  Keep in mind that you will need your library card number (your P.A. ID#) and your PIN # (assigned at the library Welcome desk) for access to many of these databases off campus.  

Instructional Librarian

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Emily Goss
Oliver Wendell Holmes Library

Phillips Academy

180 Main Street

Andover, MA 01810