Inf 103 Week 3 Assignment 2

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How is searching in a specific database, such as Ashford’s library, different from searching in Bing, Google, or Yahoo?

Searching Ashford University Online Library is very different from searching the basic web such as, Bing, Google or Yahoo because the Ashford University Online Library is a proprietary database which can only be accessed by students and faculty and other search engines are a public domain database which means it can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. "The Ashford Library is a proprietary database because it can be accessed only by students and faculty. The Ashford library is not just one main database, but actually contains several." (Bowles 2010)The AU Online Library offers the advantage of complying several databases into one convenient site. While searching through the Internet using search engines such as Bing, Google or Yahoo will give you plenty of information it will leave you with the task to make sense of it all. Also you may have to evaluate its authority and appropriateness for your research. In the end it is ultimately up to the researcher to determine which database suits your needs. The founder of Wikipedia has a noble mission – to share all the world’s information with everyone everywhere, anytime. In what ways has this mission been successful? In what ways has it not been successful?

Wikipedia's mission was to share the entire world’s information with everyone everywhere, anytime. A quotation of Jimmy Wales (the founder of Wikipedia) taken from his personal website said, "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing" (2013). Because anyone can edit information on Wikipedia, many different fields of knowledge can become part of the encyclopedia; it is very useful for getting a quick review of information. "Wikipedia isn't a commercial website. It's a community creation" (Wales, 2009). I personally us Wikipedia as...
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