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Biology at Mat-Su College

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

Who this guide is for

This guide was written to help Mat-Su College Biology students with

  • Understanding what a scholarly article is
  • Determining if an article is scholarly
  • Finding scholarly articles through Academic Search Premier
  • Citing sources
  • Getting help

To learn more about any of those topics, click the corresponding red tab above this box.

Anyone is welcome to use this guide, but remember that it was written primarily for Mat-Su College BIOL students.

MSC Library Basics

On any Mat-Su College page there is a Library link at the top of the page.

Screenshot showing Blackboard link at top of Mat-Su College homepage

The library website has two search boxes. Just Mat-Su will search physical items in the Mat-Su College campus library, plus ebooks.  QuickSearch will look for physical items at many Alaska libraries; articles from magazines, journals, newspapers; government documents; dissertations; and so on.

Screenshot of MSC library's home page

Another thing to notice is the Databases button. This guide mentions many specific databases (online collections of articles) and provides links to them. If you ever want to see a complete list of all the databases you have access to, this Databases button will give you a list.