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How databases and online catalogs differ


Databases are collections of computer records that have a common format and content, organized for rapid search and retrieval. The databases used in libraries for information retrieval most often locate individual articles and provide information about items contained in larger sources, such as periodicals (magazines, journals, and newspapers).

Why use a database?

What are some examples of databases?

Online Library Catalog

A library catalog provides information describing resources owned by a specific library. UIUC's Online Library Catalog provides access to materials owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including books, movies, journals, magazines, newspapers, sound recordings, music scores, maps and government documents.

Why use a library catalog?

What catalogs are available to use?

Off-Campus Catalogs

Specialized Catalogs