Why use MCC Library Databases when you can search Google?
Search engines, such as Google, look throughout the internet for information. Most of the content which search engines locate can be viewed freely by anyone with a connection to the internet.
Google and other search engines can be a great place to start when you are looking for information. Government departments, universities, and various non-profit organizations often place useful and reliable information on their websites.
However, search engine result lists can also include websites that were created for completely different reasons such as selling you something or sharing incorrect information. Commercial websites, personal blogs, and discussion groups can be informative and entertaining, but they often do not provide the type of peer-reviewed information which is best for academic research.
Note: Subject searches and keyword searches are different. Keyword search is done automatically by database and finds any words typed in (keywords) anywhere they appear in articles, citations, or abstracts. Example: search on effects of light on green plants (plants and light) could bring up articles ranging from concrete plants to articles on street lights nearby. Keyword searches can retrieve large numbers of unusable results. A subject search only brings up articles that have exact search term in articles’ subject fields, narrowing down results to a smaller, more relevant list of articles. It is best to use subject searches whenever possible. The online catalog offers both searching options.