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An online database is a database accessible from a local network or the Internet, as opposed to one that is stored locally on an individual computer or its attached storage (such as a CD). Online databases are hosted on websites, made available as software as a service products accessible via a web browser. They may be free or require payment, such as by a monthly subscription. Some have enhanced features such as collaborative editing and email notification.

Cloud database

A cloud database is a database that is run on and accessed via the Internet, rather than locally. So, rather than keep a customer information database at one location, a business may choose to have it hosted on the Internet so that all its departments or divisions can access and update it. Most database services offer web-based consoles, which the end user can use to provision and configure database instances.

Rising problems

As internet becoming more and more accessible to the worldwide. Many "pirate" databases (e.g. Z-library) are established by individuals or institutions. The debate of piracy is a constant topic for many decades. But this time, the "battlefield" shifts to the internet.

See also


  • David Haynes (ed). "Online databases". Information Sources in Information Technology. Bowker-Saur. London, Melbourne, Munich, New York. 1990. Pages 151 to 158.
  • Richard Veit, Christopher Gould and Kathleen Gould. Writing, Reading, and Research. Cengage Learning. 2014. Page 311.
  • Robert J Muller. Productive Objects: An Applied Software Project Management Framework. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. San Francisco. 1998. Page 672.
  • Frey,  Botan, Friedman and Kreps. "Online Databases". Investigating Communication: An Introduction to Research Methods. Prentice Hall. 1991. Page 74 and 75. "Online Database" at page 347. See also page 348. Google
  • Arlene Rodda Quaratiello. "What is an Online Database?". The College Student's Research Companion. Neal-Schuman Publishers. 1997. Pages 79 and 80. See also pages 77, 78, 81 and 82. Google
  • Zane L Berge and Mauri P Collins (eds). "Online Databases and Online Journals". Computer Mediated Communication and the Online Classroom. Hampton Press. 1995. Volume 3 (Distance Learning). Page 33.
  • Database Journal, vols 11 to 13, p 23
  • Blodwen Tartar, "The Future of Online Full-Text Databases". Reviewed at "Free info threat?" (1986) 111 Library Journal 23
  • Rodes Trautman and Sara von Flittner. "An Expert System for Microcomputers to Aid Selection of Online Databases". Christine Roysdon and Howard D White (eds). Expert Systems in Reference Services. The Hawworth Press. New York and London. 1989. Page 207 et seq.
  • J Andrew Large. "Evaluation of Electronic Media as Reference Sources". Allen Kent (ed). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Marcel Dekker. 1991. Volume 48. Supplement 11. Pages 116 to 129.
  • (1987) 7 Small Computers in Libraries

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