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Dietetics at Mat-Su College

A short introduction to library resources for students in Mat-Su College's Dietetics and Nutrition courses.

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.

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

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.

Why would I use a database instead of Google?

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:

Screenshot of webpage asking for money for a scholarly article

When you use the library website you will get free access to millions of articles.