Databases are used to find PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES, statistical information, and other information not found through Internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo).
The material found within databases is generally more acceptable to use than material found on the web because it comes from professionals working in the field that you are researching. You still need to personally review material to make sure it is appropriate for your topic.
The following link will help you understand the peer review process and the difference between peer reviewed journals and magazines.
The Library's online databases contain millions of published articles from popular magazines, scholarly journals and news sources. In these databases, you can search for your topic in thousands of magazines at the same time. The following is a list of the library databases that are good resources for scholarly journal articles. Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password.
You can use the Find Journals option in the library's OneSearch catalog to see if the library has a subscription to a particular journal you want to browse. For example, you could type in the Journal of Personality.
Google Scholar indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. It does not always have access to the full text of the article but it can give you the citation which you may be able to use to find the full article elsewhere, like in one of the library databases.