A database is an online index to magazine and journal articles, book chapters, etc. Databases often provide access to full-text of articles.
Why Use a Database?
You use a database to save yourself time and effort! A database scans thousands of journal and magazine issues to find articles that match your topic, so you don't have to look at individual pages and issues . It shows exactly which issue has the article(s) on your topic.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines.
For scholary, subject specialized journal articles, use databases geared toward different disciplines. For information on documentaries, try the following:
MU Libraries have over 650 databases in all subject areas.
Start here: Find articles using the "Articles & Database" tab (40 EBSCO databases) on the library homepage.
Academic Search Complete is another good place to start for a multi-disciplinary search.
Search & Find (Summon@MU) is a simple search engine that searches articles, books, videos, etc.