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Mat-Su College: Biology

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

What is a database?

When librarians talk about databases, they usually mean a searchable collection of items -- usually articles.

The library has around 150 databases. We have so many because each one has different kinds of articles and different features.

Which databases should I use?

The library has over 150 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 "Research Databases" button on the Mat-Su College library website:

Library website with arrow pointing to link "RESEARCH DATABASES"

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.

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.