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Mat-Su College: Computer and Network Technology

A guide for Mat-Su College Computer and Network Technology courses

Article databases introduction

The library subscribes to the print editions of 47 journals/magazines and 5 newspapers. That's not a lot.

The good news is that we have electronic access to millions of articles from tens of thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers, many of which are not freely available online.

This page covers two ways to find those articles.


Some databases focus on collecting articles about a specific subject, like biology or sports. But for subjects like history, paramedicine, or anthropology, where we have no dedicated databases, we can use QuickSearch. QuickSearch is a tool that will search many databases at once.

Quicksearch is also the default search box on the Mat-Su College Library website.

On the QuickSearch search page, you can quickly limit your results to a particular discipline with a single click. Here is an example of searching for anthropology articles:

Screenshot of QuickSearch advanced search interface, with the "Anthropology" discipline selected

In the search results, click on the title of an item to read it, or click the quotation mark icon in order to generate a citation:

Screenshot of QuickSearch search results page

Computer Source

Computer Source is a database whose articles represent the "latest information and current trends in technology, including computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software." The articles come from 300 journals and magazines.

Some, but not all, of the material in Computer Source will show up in Quick Search searches. To be thorough, you might search using both Quick Search and Computer Source.

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The IEEE Xplore Digital Library has articles from IEEE publications, as well as conference proceedings, IEEE standards, etc. IEEE is the world's largest association of technical professionals.