What is a database, anyway?
Broadly speaking, a database is a resource that contains information, presented in a way that's organized and retrievable. For the databases that you encounter on this guide, think of each one as a focused collection of info. They offer content including: written reports, numeric data in spreadsheets, charts/graphs/images, video, or a mix of content.
Why are there so many?
Each database specializes in different things, and the different database vendors are all competing against each other. Using that streaming services analogy, if you want to watch all the content, you'd have to subscribe to many vendors, e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, etc.
Which ones are the best for my research?
It depends on your topic. One database could be great—relevant(!)—for company research, and it could also be terrible—irrelevant(!)—for country research, and vice-versa.
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