All About Databases

Databases are online repositories of information that are created by a publisher for a specific purpose.

Search Engines are online vehicles used to search the World Wide Web.

Search Engines

  • Search the World Wide Web
  • Unlimited results
  • Results from websites
  • Results lack authority control (risky!)
  • Results created by anyone
  • Generate profit through selling ads


  • Search “closed” collection
  • Results are more focused
  • Results are from scientific publications
  • All results pre-selected based on legitimacy
  • Product of International research community
  • Paid subscriptions/no ads

Swedish Institute Databases:

For instructions on how to access the these databases from home please visit the library and ask the library staff.

  • Nursing and Allied Health
  • Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
  • Ebrary

Other Research Tools

Swedish Institute Library Catalog:
Search our many classic titles as well as current textbooks, Journals, DVD’s, and other print options on Cybertools.

NYPL Resources: (must have NYPL Card to access – see library for details)

Know what kind of website you are using!

The type of domain is determined by the last sections of the URL (Universal Resource Locator). In the example below com is the Top Level Domain and determines that his is a Commercial domain

For scientific research at school or work…

.gov –  Government
.mil – Military (also a government site)
.edu – College or University

.com – Commercial
.org – Not for profit organization
.net – General (no specific kind of organization)

Great Sites for Research:

MedLine Plus:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention:


APA Assistance:

The Purdue OWL: