Using a search engine such as Google to search the Web for articles can be a useful approach to finding information on a topic, an industry, a company or a product. Many newspapers, magazines and academic journals offer a limited amount of their content for free on the Internet.
However, for every article that one can freely access on the Web, there are thousands of other articles available only in the special databases subscribed to by libraries. These databases usually provide the complete text of articles from thousands of periodicals in either PDF or HTML text format.
They also provide summaries of the articles, called abstracts, and other information about the articles that helps researchers find articles on a particular topic. To do a thorough job of researching a topic, it is important to make good use of these special databases. A Google search is useful but it leaves out a lot of information that is only accessible in library databases.
The two most useful databases for finding articles in business publications are: