A database is a searchable collection of items. When librarians talk about databases, they mean collections of articles.
The library has many databases.
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:
For most of your undergraduate work you will be well-served by Academic Search Premier, a database with millions of articles that cover almost every academic discipline. This guide covers only Academic Search Premier.
Scholarly journals -- the publications scholarly articles are in -- cost a lot of money. A year's subscription might cost thousands of dollars!
Needless to say, if you go looking for one of these publications' articles on Google you'll end up on a page where you will be asked to pay a lot of money for a single article:
When you use the library website you will get free access to millions of articles.