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What are Library Databases?


A library database is both an electronic catalog and the access point to information from published works.


Library databases provide access to resources across a wide spectrum of topic and subject areas. Such as: the arts, genealogy, academic research, home improvement, auto repair, business and much more.


Library databases provide access to published information sources. Examples: magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, journals and other resources.


Library databases may provide access to full-text articles and/or article abstracts.

  • Full Text = entire article - Library databases sometimes omit photos, graphs, charts, and figures from articles, but most will indicate that these have been omitted.
  • Abstract = summary provided by the author or database publisher.


Library databases are easily searchable. Database content may often be searched by: Keywords, Title, Author, or Subject.


Library databases provide citation information such as:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Source (Title and type of Publication)
  • Publisher
  • Date of Publication


Any library visitor may access the library district’s database collection.


High Plains Library District resident library card holders may access many of the library’s databases from home.


Library databases are paid for by your taxpayer dollars.

How is a library database different from a website?

Questions to think about...


Good questions to think about when researching both online library databases and the open web:

  • Currency - How recent is the information? When was the content last updated?
  • Accuracy - How reliable is the information? Are the facts accurate? Are discernible biases present? Can the information be cross verified?
  • Bibliography - Is citation information readily available? Is information on the title, author, publisher, and publication date provided?


If you have any further questions or comments please let us know.