I didn’t know the library did that!

get all the sources from google said no professor ever.


Can’t remember the capital of North Dakota? Google it.

Want to know the story of how the Chippewa Tribe migrated to North Dakota in the 1400s? Don’t Google that. Get your inquiring mind straight to a library database.

Did you know the library has over 80 databases full of excellent articles and authoritative resources? They’re primed for academic and general research in just about every topic under the sun.

Pros and cons of google and library databases

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Students tasked with writing critical or research papers will quickly learn that our databases are a gold mine for citations. Each comes with an impressive “works cited” line to include in those bibliographies. Your teachers will thank you.

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Unlike Google search results on topics like health, technology and consumer information, library databases never include info authored by salespeople, political thinktanks or straight-up wackos.

Bonus: Our material also comes with a real, live person – a librarian! Let’s say that an article you’ve read in a database cites further research that you can’t locate. Librarians are the bosses of locating research articles.

With just a few exceptions, the library’s databases are accessible 24/7 from any computer or device, with your library card. Didn’t know the library did that? Well, now you do. And knowledge is power.



Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.