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In terms of writing, a database is a resource to use when researching sources for a paper or essay. The data, sources in this case, are organized to contribute to efficient retrieval of information often depending on terms searched. Often, databases will have advanced search features where you can limit the sources that are retrieved from the searched term. Limitations may include by date, language, or source type (newspaper article or book).
Good research databases consist of mainly scholarly sources, though other databases, like Google, will include many more results. Databases are often organized by discipline, such as psychology or medicine. Examples of good research databases include Ebsco, Jstor, Googlescholar, and LexisNexis Academic.

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