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Biology at Mat-Su College

A guide for students taking Biology courses, BIOL 102, at Mat-Su College.

What is a database?

A database is a searchable collection of items. When librarians talk about databases, they mean collections of articles.

The library has many databases. You want to use library databases instead of Google because the material in library databases is free (to you -- we pay for it on your behalf). If you try to find find scholarly articles through Google, you might be asked to pay 20, 30, or 40 dollars per article.

Which databases should I use?

The library has over 200 databases to choose from. Many cover very specific subjects such as aging, evidence-based health, sports, and so on.

You can get a list of all databases by clicking the Databases button on the Mat-Su College library website:

Screenshot of MSC library website with "Databases" link highlighted

This guide covers only two of our two-hundred databases:

  • Academic Search Premier, a general-purpose database with millions of articles that cover almost every academic discipline.
  • Web of Science, a database focused exclusively on the sciences.